Pregnant Passenger Gives Birth On Plane, And The Video Goes Viral On TikTok
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Pregnant Passenger Gives Birth On Plane, And The Video Goes Viral On TikTok

American Airlines , Caribbean , Punta Cana , Dominican Republic , New York , United States , news , Travel News , Women travelers
Brunno Braga
Brunno Braga Sep 26, 2022

Passengers flying n an American Airlines flight from New York to Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic, had a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It happened when a woman had her baby onboard. The whole occasion was caught on video and posted on Tiktok. The video of the pregnant passenger has gone viral and received 1.6 million views and thousands of comments so far.

Kendalee Rhoden, the woman’s sister who filmed the unique experience, said the baby was born prematurely. She added that her sister was in the third trimester. Rhoden notes in subsequent videos that four nurses on the flight helped to deliver the baby in first class with about 90 minutes left of the flight. When the flight landed, her sister met the pilots who safely got them on the ground.

Rules For Pregnant Passenger

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, occasional air travel is safe for pregnant women. Pregnant women can fly safely, observing the same precautions for air travel as the general population. Severe air turbulence cannot be predicted and the subsequent risk for trauma is significant should this occur. Therefore, pregnant passengers should be instructed to use their seat belts continuously while seated.

Many commercial airlines in the US allow pregnant women to fly up to 36 weeks of gestation. Some restrict pregnant women from international flights earlier in gestation and some require documentation of gestational age. For specific airline requirements, women should check with the individual carrier. 

American Airlines’ rules for pregnant women to fly establish that on domestic flights, traveling up to seven days before your due date is a no go, unless the doctor provides a note and fills out a passenger medical form. On international flights, the company requires the same documents up to four weeks before the due date, and they can only be filled in 48 hours before take-off.

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