Passenger gives birth on Emirates flight from Tokyo to Dubai | CNN

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An Emirates flight from Tokyo Narita to Dubai International on January 19 landed with an additional traveler on board, after a female passenger gave birth in midair.

The newcomer made his appearance on the 12-hour flight EK 319 overnight, which landed on time despite the medical emergency, the airline confirmed to CNN.

The passenger and the baby were assisted by Emirates cabin crew, who undergo medical response training so they can handle situations such as delivering babies or heart attacks.

Emirates told CNN that the father and baby “were in stable condition and upon arrival in Dubai, were received by local medical personnel. The health and safety of our crew and passengers is of the utmost importance.”

Births aboard airplanes are relatively rare. Emirates’ policy when it comes to pregnant travelers is similar to that of many other commercial airlines: Travelers can fly up to their seventh month of pregnancy unless they have a medical concern or complication.

Passengers 29 weeks or more pregnant must bring a medical certificate or a letter signed by their doctor or midwife, and no one can fly after the 32nd week of a multiple pregnancy or the 36th week of a singleton pregnancy.

Last May, a woman gave birth to a healthy baby in a bathroom aboard a Frontier Airlines flight from Denver to Colorado, with the help of a flight attendant. And in January 2022, a woman went into labor six hours after a flight between Accra, Ghana, and Washington Dulles International Airport. Her son was delivered safely on the floor of the cabin in the space provided by the emergency exits.

There may be positive aspects to this medical emergency that parents do not plan for. In 2016, a baby received free flights for life on Buraq Air after her mother gave birth on board the airline.

Top image: An Airbus A380 operated by Emirates taxis past the terminal at Dubai International Airport in March 2020. (Christopher Pike/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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