Friday, January 2, 2009

Up, Up, and Away!

There were 124 passengers on Northwest Airlines Flight 59 when it left the Netherlands. There were 125 when it landed in Boston.

A woman went into labor and gave birth to an apparently healthy baby girl over the Atlantic Ocean during the eight-hour flight Wednesday from Amsterdam, said Phil Orlandella, a spokesman for Logan International Airport.

The plane landed without incident in Boston about 10:30 AM, and the mother and baby were immediately taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Orlandella said for customs’ purposes, the baby was considered a Canadian citizen because she was born in Canada’s airspace. He could not confirm media reports that the mother was a Ugandan national.

When my wife was pregnant and nearing time for Evan to be born, the doctor wouldn’t even let us travel out of state to see family. This woman was permitted to fly from Uganda to the United States? I don’t get it. Did they not assume that she was getting close to delivery? Did she not realize she was putting herself and her baby in danger?

Can any one think of a rational reason for this woman to be flying?


  1. I am clueless. Wonder if that means she will have a double tax deduction? Unbelievable...unless this baby was way early.

  2. The article didn't say whether she was early or not. Sounds like she was trying to come to America, to me...

  3. Only one -- from Uganda to the USA. If I didn't live in the US I'd crawl here, even now, exactly a week and a half from having mine. Esp if I lived in East Africa.

    I hope they are both fine and healthy. Thank God for the doctor and paramedic that were on the flight.



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