United Airlines passenger gives birth in lavatory on flight from Africa

A passenger gave birth in a lavatory on a recent United flight from Lagos to Houston. Photo: United Airlines. 

A passenger gave birth in a lavatory on a recent United flight from Lagos to Houston. Photo: United Airlines. 

A passenger on a recent United Airlines flight from Lagos, Nigeria to Houston gave birth in the lavatory, according to a note sent to flight attendants. 

The note is short on details, but it compliments the crew for quick-thinking on the flight, which diverted to Miami. The note does not state when this happened, but a tipster informs me the aircraft landed in Miami in the early-morning hours on March 6.

"While one flight attendant took immediate steps to carefully secure the baby and assist the mother, the rest of the crew paged for medical assistance, kept the pilots informed and contacted MedLink," the note says. 

MedLink is a service United and others airlines use that provides medical advice during in-flight emergencies. "The physicians in MedAire’s MedLink Global Response Center are extensively trained in airline protocols, procedures, and the medical equipment available on board," the company says on its website. 

Assuming the parents are not U.S. citizens, does anyone know what citizenship the child would have?

Update: A reader, Ian Petchenik, sends this response via Twitter, quoting a State Department document:

A second update: Another reader points us to the entire U.S. Department of State's Foreign Affairs Consular Manual. This is more information than you might need. But perhaps you'll find it interesting. 




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