US Airways flight diverted after passenger goes into labor on plane

Nothing can make an entire plane full of people groan louder than hearing an announcement that their flight is being diverted. But the loudest groans on a US Airways flight from Philadelphia to Charlotte, N.C. Probably came from the woman who went into labor shortly after takeoff. The plane had to make an unscheduled landing at Piedmont-Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., Where the baby also made an unscheduled landing. According to WXII, the baby girl was born in an ambulance on airport property; mom and daughter were then transported to a local hospital and are reportedly in good health. The girl was named Nylah, which is much better than PTI.

There have been no confirmed reports of exactly how pregnant the woman was, but CNN noted that US Airways has a policy that requires pregnant passengers who are within a week of their due dates to provide a signed certificate from their physicians giving them the A-OK to fly.

Meanwhile, in January a baby was born somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean during a Royal Jordanian flight from Amman, Jordan to New York’s John F. Kennedy airport.

There is a well-circulated rumor that airlines will give babies born in-flight free tickets for life, but according to Snopes, that’s not the case. It has happened though: In 2009, a 31-year-old woman named Liew Siaw Hsia went into labor during an Air Asia flight from Malaysia to Borneo. Not only did Air Asia’s Director of Operations visit the baby in the hospital, he also gave both mom and her son free passes for life.

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That’s a tremendous story, but as many fees as the airlines charge, I’m surprised they don’t immediately bill the newborns for the cost of a same-day, one-way ticket.

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