Published on August 26th, 2014 | by Alyssa Daniells


Baby on Board (almost)! Emergency landing for woman in labour

Here’s a heartwarming story that reminds us to have our trays stowed and seats in an upright position– just in case a woman gives birth on the plane.

A Delta Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Atlanta made an unscheduled landing earlier this week, when a passenger went into labour. The Boeing 767 plane was forced to land at Ireland’s Shannon Airport, where a medical team was waiting on the runway.

deltaThe responsive Delta flight crew, noting the woman’s contractions were a minute apart, called for the emergency landing. This is a rare occurrence, but one for which airline staff must be prepared.

While some airlines restrict flying to those who within a month of their due date, an exception can be made with a letter of consent from a doctor or midwife . There is no medical evidence suggesting early labour can be brought on by flying, but it is best to consult a doctor after 27 weeks of pregnancy, prior to booking an airline ticket.

The woman reportedly gave birth shortly after being admitted to University Maternity Hospital Limerick and mother and baby are healthy and fine. The transatlantic flight was stalled for two hours before continuing on its journey.


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Alyssa Daniells

Equipped with good grammar, a laptop and sense of humour, Alyssa curiously explores the world, whether it involves traversing oceans to anything historic, artistic or beautiful, or crossing the street for a dark roasted coffee refuel. Curating and creating compelling content (and the occasional alliteration!) is something she loves. Her phone storage is almost at capacity due to countless photos of Toronto, her toddler and other people's pets.

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