Baby Born on Plane, Named for Airline

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  1. sobore
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    Who is your baby named for? Your mother? Dad? A beloved aunt? Your airline carrier?

    A woman who gave birth on an Emirates flight earlier this month reportedly did just that.

    The woman was traveling on Emirates from Dubai to Manila when she went into early labor, according to Emirates 24-7. She gave birth on the plane, which was then diverted to Ho Chi Min City, the airline said in a statement.

    GulfNews.com reported that the baby was born in the aircraft toilet and that “two Filipina nurses on the flight jumped out of their seats to assist in the mid-air delivery.” They helped aspirate amniotic fluid from the baby’s mouth, nose and ears.

    The baby’s mother was reportedly so grateful she named her baby boy EK, the Emirates’ flight code.

    The mother and baby were transferred to a hospital upon landing. The mother has been released from the hospital, but the baby remains in critical care, Gulf News reported.

    EK is far from the first baby to be born mid-flight.

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    I wonder what nationality will the baby get... Vietnamese? UAE?
     
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    Good question. There was a story like this a couple years ago, don't recall the outcome.
     
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    I googled it. UN says the child gets the carrier's registered country's nationality. Thus EK is a Dubia national.
     
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    Crazy!
     
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    It's not that straightforward!

    You are probably looking at the U.N. Convention on Reduction of Statelessness, which determines the nationality of people who otherwise would not have one. For instance, if the baby in this case were born on the plane, and then abandoned before their parents' nationality was ascertained, or if the mother could not legally pass on her citizenship to the baby, the baby would be a citizen of the country where the plane is registered. (But the UAE is not a party to the convention, so it wouldn't apply in this case!)

    In other cases, i.e. where the nationality of the parent(s) can be passed to the child, most countries (including the UAE) do NOT give citizenship based on the location of the birth. So even though a ship or aircraft is usually considered to be part of the territory where it is registered, that doesn't usually matter for determining citizenship.

    Many North and South American countries, including the US, do have birthright citizenship rules which don't consider the nationality of the parents. That said, even though the US has birthright citizenship, it does NOT apply to babies born on US aircraft flying over a foreign country or international waters. But it DOES apply to any aircraft flying over US territory at the time of the birth, regardless of where the aircraft is registered. Google 7 FAM 1113 and you can find the official State Department position.
     
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    Hmmm......anybody remember "Delta Dawn" by Helen Reddy? There's a potential name!
     
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    Good job she wasn't flying on Virgin.

    Would that count as a Virgin birth? :D
     
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    It would have been immaculate, that is for sure! ;)
     
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