We recently came across an unusual case of someone getting upgraded mid-flight, although we don’t recommend you try this method yourself. A 27-year-old woman was upgraded to business class after giving birth onboard an Austrian Airlines flight from Vienna to Delhi. The crew called a doctor in Vienna via satellite telephone to help guide them through the delivery and within 25 minutes the woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy. This was the first birth of a child in flight on Austrian Airlines in the airline’s 50 years of business.
On a related note, there is an “urban legend” that babies born on commercial air flights are granted free flights for life. This is not true, according to snopes.com. However, there have been exceptions. In 1995, a child was born two months ahead of her due date on a Thai Airways flight. The airline president gave her free flights for life and an educational scholarship from the airline. She was named Dararasami, after the name of the Boeing 747 her mother was flying on when she was born. The name means “Starlight” in English. A second child got free flights for life from Asia Pacific Airlines in 1996 in recognition of his being the first baby born on that airline. His education was also provided for along with the free flights.