Mother Gives Birth On AA Jetway – And Names Baby Appropriately
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
On the eve of the American Thanksgiving holiday, an American Airlines flight landed with an extra passenger.
On Wednesday, Nereida Araujo gave birth to a healthy baby girl on the jetway of Flight 868, after the plane landed in Charlotte, North Carolina from Tampa, Florida during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.
The uncommon birthplace inspired the newborn's fitting moniker: Lizyana Sky Taylor.
"Baby Sky decided to enter the world on a plane," Araujo wrote on Facebook. "Mommi (sic) handled it well thanks to everybody who assisted us with love & care."
American Airlines spokesperson Crystal Byrd told USA TODAY that the airline "requested medical personnel due to a passenger who needed assistance" upon landing in Charlotte.
"Paramedics, along with the Charlotte Fire Department, assisted in the delivery of a healthy baby girl at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport on the jetway," Grace Nelson, spokesperson for Mecklenburg EMS Agency, told USA TODAY.
Nelson added, "We are happy (and thankful of course!!) to be a part of this family's story."
According to Charlotte's local news station, WSOC, Araujo said she was 38 weeks pregnant and cleared to fly by the airline and her doctor, before her water broke toward the end of the 1-hour-and-39-minute flight.
"I was sleeping and I felt like a pop in my lower back," Araujo told the outlet. "I just felt like liquid and I woke my husband up."
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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.