A baby took the expression literally when he chose to come into the world while his mother was seated in a plane flying over Munich.
An EgyptAir flight was flying from Cairo to London when the child’s mother, Yemeni woman Hiyam Nasr Naji Daaban, went into labour over German airspace. The flight’s captain requested an emergency landing in Munich, but Daaban gave birth before the plane could land, with the help of a doctor who was on the flight.
EgyptAir announced the special occasion in a widely shared tweet:
"The pilot, Rushdi Zakaria, Chairman of the Holding Company for Egypt, congratulated the passenger Hiyam Nasr Naji Daaban, a Yemeni national, for her safety and granting her newborn a free lifetime travel ticket, which she gave birth on board the plane during the Egypt Air flight yesterday from Cairo to London."
Shortly after the announcement, the reality of "free lifetime travel" set in, and EgyptAir began to backpedal on its promise. The airline quickly followed up on the first message, specifying it meant free flights for life specifically to Munich, a far cry from the 67 international destinations in 49 countries it serves, according toFlight Connections.
In FEB last year,Conde Nast Traveller reportedthat fewer than 60 babies have been born on a plane. With international passengers topping 3.5 billion last year, it's a highly rare event.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.