Saudia’s flight SV21 from Jeddah to New York JFK yesterday declared an emergency as it was about to head out over the Atlantic Ocean. It dumped fuel and then turned around for London Heathrow because a female passenger was going into childbirth.
Four ambulances met the plane on the ground in London to meet the new baby girl.
No doctors had been onboard the flight, so flight attendants helped with the delivering “after arranging a discreet corner in the plane.”
There are lots of photos of the baby with crew on social media.
Six weeks ago a woman gave birth on Jetstar Asia and named her child after the airline. The airline gave her SGD$1000 worth of baby supplies.
Last year a woman who didn’t know she was pregnant gave birth onboard an Air Canada flight from Calgary to Tokyo. A woman gave birth on a flight from Taipei to Los Angeles. And an American Airlines flight made a u-turn over the Atlantic when a woman went into labor.
A baby born last year on a Jazeera Airways flight gets 18 years of free flights. This baby and her family were offered a single free trip. No word, however, on whether the baby girl born onboard Saudia gets the right to drive.