Hey ladies — there’s a reason doctors suggest you don’t fly in your third trimester. It’s so your baby isn’t born mid-flight and the plane has to make an emergency landing.
Not to take away from the joy of a baby being born, wherever it may be. The Delta flight attendant who recently helped deliver a baby on a flight en route from Atlanta to Africa doesn’t seem to mind one iota, in fact, that she was called on to be a part of one new mom’s (and new baby’s) big day. It’s a boy, by the way.
ABC affiliate KABC reports the flight attendant, Susan Carnes, and the flight used a pair of scissors sterilized in a cup of vodka, a flashlight and gloves to help the woman give birth. There was also a doctor on board.
“I just held him up, and I said, ‘It’s a boy.’ And everybody clapped, and there was laughter, and it was really fun and exciting. And she was so happy and weepy,” flight attendant Susan Carnes told KABC. The plane made an emergency landing in Senegal after the birth.
This is far from the first baby to be born mid-flight. In 2011, a baby was born on Philippine Airlines on a flight from Manila to San Francisco. That baby, too, was a boy.
Also in 2011, a woman gave birth to a baby boy on an Alitalia flight from Milan to Paris.