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Monday, 17 October 2016

What is your nationality if you are born in the sky on an Airplane?

Babies are usually born in a hospital or in any maternity clinic but there are few of them who come into this world in blue skies during a flight. These babies generally are supposed to be called as sky born babies because they were born on blue sky’s boundaries instead of any hospital or clinic. We get to read these fascinating sky born stories many times in newspapers or in social media. In June 2016, there was a story highlighted by social media of a baby who was born on a Dubai-Manila flight.



Aircraft, Boeing 777, carrying passengers from Dubai to Manila included a pregnant woman among the passengers. The flight was on its route from Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia, to New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport when it was decided to change the track and divert to London. The landing was made on an emergency basis because of a pregnant woman on the plane who went into labor. Another story of sky born baby occurred on 22nd April 2016 on a Jetstar flight. A woman gave birth to a baby boy. Media Company in Australia called Fairfax Media reported about the woman that they saw her giving birth to a baby boy during the flight from Singapore to Myanmar with the coordination and help of the cabin crew and three doctors available on board. The woman, Saw Ler Htu, named her child Saw Jetstar as an expression of gratitude to the airline, their cabin crew members, and doctors on board.



Basically, behind these fascinating sky born stories, the main question arises which is of the nationality of the Child who was born in mid-air. What is going to be his nationality? One common myth is that usually, we consider that the mid-flight babies will get to have a lifetime free air tickets supply. Although some babies are rewarded with it but that is not the case always. So, don’t go heavily pregnant on a plane with the hope of getting lifetime free airline tickets for your child. The important issue is about the nationality the child gets.



According to the (UN) United Nations, if a child was born mid-flight, it is considered to be born in a country from where the respective airline belongs or is registered but still it doesn't solve nationality or citizenship problems. Mostly the child gets the nationality of his parents or from a country where the airline is enrolled.



However, there are few exceptional cases in which the scenario is different if a child is born in United States soil or within United States water boundaries. Besides all these terms and conditions and rare cases, if your child is born over the United States in a foreign plane with parents holding foreign citizenship, you can claim for a US citizenship. 


Source: Khaleej Times

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