Should Woman Who Gave Birth on a Plane be Fined?
Pregnancy is just part of life and sometimes we forget that it may lead to restrictions, like whether or not we can fly on a commercial airline. There are no restrictions during the first and second trimesters, but during the third trimester it’s a little different.
All the airlines recommend women in the third trimester talk to their doctor before traveling to get a “permission to travel” letter and each has its own set of regulations. I actually was disappointed when my doctor told me “no” at 8 months, but looking back at it all, I can see the wisdom in it. My daughter was born 11 days early.
Now an issue has arisen over a woman who gave birth on a plane. The event forced the plane to make an emergency landing and now there is talk about fining the woman for inconveniencing the other passengers. It seems she lied about how far along she was so she could board the flight from Nigeria to London.
Lucky for her, there were two doctors on board to help with the delivery, but the Arik Air flight was still forced to land in Spain.
The mom and baby are doing fine, but it appears it’s not the happy ending we might expect. The airline is now considering the possibility that the woman’s doctor gave her falsified documents to present to the airline regarding how far along she was.
If that’s the case shame on him! These restrictions are put in place for the protection of the mom-to-be as well as the baby. What if complications resulted while she was 32,000 feet in the air?
The fine wouldn’t be just because she gave birth on a plane, but because she provided false information regarding her pregnancy. I’d say her doctor is responsible for this, too. Plus, there were hundreds of other passengers who were inconvenienced. Her little trick may have cost them time and maybe even money.
What do you think? Should she pay a fine for her actions?
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