Baby Born on a Plane May Fly Free Forever

An unexpected new passenger decided to make its way into the world on board a Cebu Pacific flight from Dubai earlier this week after a woman reportedly gave birth mid-air, few hours after takeoff. One of the passengers, Missy Berberabe Umandal, shared her account on Facebook, writing that the Cebu Pacific flight attendants and two passengers who were nurses brought the expecting mom to the larger area at the front of the plane. "Congratulations to the first-time Mom and Grandma! This is something you don't get to see every day. It only happens in movies, and we're lucky to witness this miracle," she wrote.

Though she was due in October, it was not only surprise for the woman but fellow passengers as well. “We only heard one semi-loud screech, and a few seconds later, there were tinier, cute screeches, and that was when we knew the baby was born. Luckily, she only had to push ONCE,” wrote Umandal. “Moments later, the woman got up to go back to her seat, baby in arms,” she wrote. The plane did an emergency landing in India to ensure the baby’s safety.

To ensure the baby’s safety, the flight was diverted in India making it 18 hours of travel instead of nine. However, according to Umandal there were no complaints and the baby was given free Cebu Pacific flights for life.  Many Asian airlines like Thai Airways, Asia Pacific Airlines, and AirAsia are known to have offered up free flights for airborne newborns in the past.

The baby's birthplace is technically India, but a United Nations Convention on International Civil Aviation (under the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness) says, a baby born on a ship or aircraft will take the "citizenship" of the airline. This means that baby will carry a Philippine passport and will have a Filipino citizenship.

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