What happens if your baby is born on an airplane?
Babies are not born on planes very often, but when the baby decides that it is the time for him to see the light, he will not ask you for permission or even care about where you are in that moment.
A lot of people think that when a baby is born on an airplane he will be able to get free plane tickets. Is that true? How come a birth on an airplane can be possible? What is the nationality of the baby?
Keep on reading and you will know more information about this very interesting topic!
1 Are babies born in-flight entitled to discounts and benefits for the rest of their lives?
You will be disappointment for sure! There will be no free tickets for the baby born in-flight! It is only an “urban legend”.
Air France does not offer free tickets, but according to its spokesman, the company will congratulate the parents by giving them a free “bottle” to celebrate that happy moment. Also, the captain does not automatically become the godfather of the newborn.
As for British Airways, they do not give any guarantee either any special status to the babies born aboard their aircraft.
American Airlines confirms “the baby is already entitled to a free flight until landing” has said the spokesman of the company.
Other means of transport are more generous. It is the case of the San Francisco train: a baby was born abroad in July 1996 and got the right to travel for free during all his life on that line.
However, other companies may give you and your child free flights for life!
2 A pregnant woman during the last 3 months of pregnancy, has she the right to fly in an airplane?
Nothing prevents a woman to fly in her last months of pregnancy, but it is strongly not recommended. A woman should avoid childbirth in-flight because this can put her health and the well-being of her child at risk.
Air France does not prohibit pregnant women to travel. According to the company, future mothers do not even need to have a medical certificate before boarding. It is only recommended that they seek advice from their doctor before travelling. It offers them also several tips so that they can have a pleasant flight.
In the other hand, British Airways does not allow women in their last month of pregnancy to travel on its aircraft, except with a letter from their doctor authorizing them to fly and explaining the necessity of travelling if necessary. However, the company insures that it has a “well formed” staff for this kind of urgencies.
Same policy for Alitalia: women can travel on their airline until their eighth month of pregnancy, but for the last four weeks, they are required to have a medical certificate. In addition, all pregnant women must complete a medical information form, in which she should mention that she does not need to have an attendant.
American Airlines requests also a medical permission for women travelling ten days before their due date.
3 What is the nationality of the baby born on a plane?
The nationality of babies born in-flight is the subject to many international treaties. According to the third Article of the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, a child born on a boat or plane will have the nationality of the country in which the aircraft or the boat is registered. This text only concerns 37 countries.
Under U.S. federal law, when a baby is born when the plane is flying over US territory, and if the parents do not have the citizenship, they can make a specific request to the US government to have it for their child.
In 2006, an Egyptian woman gave birth to a little girl in a flight between London and Boston. According to the Canadian television channel, the girl obtained the Canadian citizenship because at the time of the birth, the aircraft was flying over Canada.
4 What is the place of birth on the baby’s identity card or birth certificate?
The birthplace is obtained with the geographical coordinates of the place the plane was flying over at the time of birth, or, for other countries, it is the place of the arrival of the flight.
5 What about the time of birth, in the case of jetlag?
In most cases, the time of birth is of the destination country.