Baby Born on A Plane Gets Lifetime of Free Travel

posted by Mason -

When mom unexpectedly went into labor at 35,000 feet, it all worked out for the new baby on board. He'll be getting free flights on the airline for his entire life! And yeah, I'm a little jealous.

This isn't unprecedented, by the way. CNN says that Jet Airways joins about a half dozen others who've given newborns free air travel for life. It's not common -- both the births and the free travel -- but not unheard of.

About the only complication is one of citizenship. If you're born over an ocean, what country are you really a citizen of? I'd think it depends on the flag the carrier flies -- that is, a baby born on United Airlines would be an American, a baby born on Jet Airways (like this baby) would be Indian. But that's apparently not how it works. It really varies by country, and things aren't always clear. In the US, for example, any baby born above US territory is a citizen of the United States. But I'd have to do some research on babies born over the Pacific Ocean. 

In the UK, one woman who was born in the sky has an unusual note in her passport: "Holder born on an aeroplane..." Now that's a conversation starter.

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