Woman gives birth to baby girl during international flight on PIA

Published: December 12, 2017
The new-born baby. PHOTO: PIA

The new-born baby. PHOTO: PIA

A Pakistani woman gave birth to a baby girl on an international commercial flight travelling from Madinah, Saudi Arabia, to Multan on Tuesday.

“Miracles happen everyday and we had our little miracle today onboard our flight PK 716 from Madinah to Multan,” the Pakistan International Airlines said in a statement issued on their Facebook page. “A beautiful baby girl was born!”

The cabin crew assisted with the emergency delivery. “The parents were over joyed and expressed their gratitude to the cabin crew members who helped with the delivery.”

Indian baby born on flight to get free air tickets for life

As congratulations poured in for the parents, some questioned why the woman was allowed air-travel if she was full-term.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, PIA Spokesperson Mashood Tajwar said the medical professionals from Civil Aviation had informed the airline that the delivery was premature.

Responding to a question on allowing a pregnant woman to travel, Tajwar clarified that “she did not appear to be full-term” to the crew members when she boarded the plan. It is pertinent to note that the security check falls under the ground staff of an airport.

Tajwar revealed that the flight was diverted to Karachi, due to weather conditions in Multan, where the baby and mother were examined by the doctors. They were given a go-ahead to travel to Multan.

Earlier this year, an Indian woman went into premature labour on a Jet Aiways flight between Dammam, Saudi Arabia, and Kochi, India. The woman was believed to have been around 32 weeks pregnant when she gave birth.

Jet Airways said it was the first time a baby had been born on one of its flights and that it had given him free travel for life on the airline. However, PIA spokesperson said the policy differs from airline to airline.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Dilli Walla
    Dec 12, 2017 - 8:20PM

    Baby should receive life long free air travel on PIA.Recommend

  • Haider
    Dec 12, 2017 - 11:55PM

    IATA rules allow pregnant women of up to 32 weeks to travel. Recommend

  • sana
    Dec 12, 2017 - 11:58PM

    Oh c’mon people! What day and age do you live in? Pregnancy is not a disease! Loads of pregnant women travel throughout their pregnancy unless there is a severe complication. It is only after the 7th month that they are asked to show the airlines a note from the doctor if they need to travel. I travelled during my first and second trimester without any issues.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Dec 13, 2017 - 8:36AM

    @Dilli Walla:
    True, while the parents should be banned from flying for breaking international rules and regulations, and PIA fined for allowing those rules to be broken in the first place.Recommend

  • Dec 13, 2017 - 8:42AM

    Oooh Recommend

  • Amer
    Dec 14, 2017 - 9:17AM

    @Haji Atiya:
    Immature response. Read IATA regulations, bharati troll! Recommend

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