Baby born on flight to India gets free plane tickets for life

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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 8:00 AM

An Indian airline just gave a newborn baby a birthday gift his parents will discover it tough to top.

Baby born on flight to India gets free plane tickets for life

An Indian airline just gave a newborn baby a birthday gift his parents will discover it tough to top.

Jet Airways said it'll give free flight tickets for life to a boy who was born on one of its flights between Saudi Arabia and India.

The child'south mother -- whose identity the airline didn't reveal out of respect for her privacy -- went into work prematurely on Sun at an alt. of 35.000 feet, Jet Airways said.

The flight, bound for the southern Indian city of Kochi, was diverted to Mumbai, where the mother and baby were taken to a local hospital and are presently "doing well," according to an airline spokeswoman.

Related: If you're born on an airplane, is your nationality up in the air?

Members of the flight crew helped deliver the baby alongside a trained paramedic who was among the passengers.

"Jet Airways commends its crew for their response and promptness that saw them successfully translate their training into life-saving action," the spokeswoman said.

The airline didn't disclose the nationality of the boy born on its flight, but he'll have plenty of travel options in India and beyond. The carrier is one of the country'south biggest, flying to sixty-five domestic and international destinations.

Related: India is buying over 1.000 new planes -- but can it handle them?

Inflight births are scarce but not unheard of. They result in an different line in the person'south passport that says "holder born on an aeroplane."

But being born on board an airplane doesn't guarantee free air travel for life, despite a common trust that it does.

Jet Airways joins about half a dozen airlines to have granted that privilege, including Thai Airways and AirAsia.

One baby got free tickets from Virgin Atlantic until the age of twenty-one, while Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific gave a newborn girl a million frequent flier points latest year.

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