A woman has given birth to a baby girl aboard a Dubai Cebu Pacific flight bound for Manila from Dubai. A fellow passenger shared the information and photo on her Facebook page which has since gone viral!
Cebu Pacific passenger Missy Berberabe Umandal recalled how the “normal” flight became a memorable one when a co-passenger started having contractions mid-flight, while they were still five hours away from the Philippines.
“Flight attendants started calling for medical assistance, and luckily, there were two nurses among the passengers. She was already crowning, so she was brought to the more spacious area in front of the plane,” Umandal said in a Facebook post.
“We only heard one semi-loud screech, and a few seconds later, there were tinier, cute screeches, and it was when we knew the baby was born. Luckily, she passenger only had to push once,” she added.
The first time mum then reportedly returned to her seat after giving birth. Luckily another passenger had a bag full of baby clothes which she gifted to the new mother.
“One of the passengers had a suitcase full of infant clothes and necessities, which could not have come at a better time. They had a sterilized shelf filled mineral water as a makeshift wash basin to clean the baby in,” Umandal added.
The woman was not due to have her baby until October so the contractions came as a complete surprise to her. The pilot decided to make an emergency landing in India to ensure the baby’s safety, causing the flight to be delayed for around 9 hours.
None of the passengers minded the delay as they saw it as a blessing to have witnessed such a joyous moment. “To the woman, in the hopes she gets to read this: we are all hoping for your quick recovery and a lifetime of happiness to your beautiful child!” Umandal said.
According to most airlines, if a baby is born on board a flying aircraft that child will be entitled to free travel for life! Cebu Pacific is yet to confirm whether this is the case.
The baby, who Umandal said might be named “Haven,” was born in India but will carry a Philippine passport and will have a Filipino citizenship.
The United Nations Convention on International Civil Aviation states that a baby born on a ship or aircraft will take the “citizenship” of the airline. Cebu Pacific is registered in the Philippines.
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