What if a baby is born during a flight

30 May 2019
A plane isn’t best suited for children delivery, first of all because thinner air may cause breathing problems to newly born babies.

What if a woman in a delicate condition starts giving birth right during a flight? Although such cases are extremely rare, they do take place – once in 26 million passengers. There is no single rule defining passengers’ maximum period of pregnancy. Some carriers don’t accept women after 27 weeks, others welcome women with up to 40 weeks duration – if they provide a reasonable conclusion from a doctor.

 

Unplanned plane births problems

Mother and child on the board of airplane

A plane isn’t best suited for children delivery, first of all because thinner air may cause breathing problems to newly born babies. Also, with absence of a specially equipped space and medical devices – not mentioning the absence of prenatal experts – coupled with changing air pressure, the process may become troublesome.

 

Citizenship questions

Soothe baby on plane

The citizenship of a baby born during the flight can vary as there is no universal rule. Several factors should be taken into consideration here:

  • With flights from the countries-signers of The Convention, the baby becomes a resident of the country where the plane is registered;
  • With flights from other countries, the international airspace of the plane at the time of birth will define the baby’s citizenship;
  • If the country within the previous case refuses the newly born child to become its citizen, the child adopts his mother’s or father’s nationality

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