Baby born in the middle of the Southwest Airlines Flight 556


Passengers cheered and applauded for the family. A flight attendant said the baby was 26 weeks old. A passenger recorded the moments after the woman gave birth. After the parents and baby were transported to an area hospital in Charleston, the remaining 132 passengers continued on to Orlando. No one said for the instant if the new born was a boy or girl. Almost every country in the world, as well as the United Nations, has procedures and recommendations for how to properly classify the geographic details of an in-air birth. The United Nations considers a child born in-flight to have been born in the airplane’s registered country. Some countries point to the city where the child first disembarked the plane as the place of birth, and to the airplane’s registered country as the place of citizenship.


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