Most of us have forgotten something at the airport while traveling, at least once. A book, a mobile phone, a piece of luggage perhaps? One woman forgot her baby. The shocking incident took place over the weekend and required the flight the mother was on to be turned around so that she could be reunited with her child.

Pilots are only allowed to request permission to turn back if there is a major emergency. Fortunately, the pilot who was manning the flight was humane enough to reach out to the air traffic control authorities in Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport and request clearance to turn the flight that was Malaysia bound back to Jeddah. A video of the conversation between the pilot and ATC operators has gone viral in the Arab world. It is clear from the dialogue exchanged between the two parties that neither have ever found themselves in this situation before. It isn’t every day that a parent boards a flight without making sure their child is safe and with them. 

Source: Pixabay

The Saudi mother was aboard flight SV832 that was traveling from Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur when to her horror she realized her baby was not with her reported  Gulf News . The panicked mother alerted cabin crew that her baby was in the boarding area at the terminal of the King Abdul Aziz International Airport. All involved appeared to be baffled by the events that led to the flight having to be turned back. In the  video  recording of the conversation between the pilot and the ATC operator, the pilot can be heard asking, “May God be with us. Can we come back or what?” 

Source: Pixabay

The unprecedented emergency request had the operator perplexed and had him asking another colleague about the protocol to adhere to in such a situation after he had made a note of the flight number. Fortunately for the distraught Saudi mother and her forgotten baby, humanity prevailed that day. The operator can be heard telling his colleague, “This flight is requesting to come back…a passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing.” Before granting permission to return to the Saudi airport, the operator requests the pilot to state the reason for needing to turn back once again, to which the pilot responds, “We told you, a passenger left her baby in the terminal and refuses to continue the flight.” The operator then replies, “Ok, head back to the gate. This is totally a new one for us!” 

While there aren’t many flights that have been forced to turn back to reunite families, this is not the first time a parent has left an airport without their child. Last October,  Fox News  reported an incident that took place in Stuttgart Airport, Germany. A couple drove off from the airport after returning from a holiday without their 5-year-old daughter. German police revealed that the child was found wandering around the terminal by herself. Apparently, her parents drove away in separate cars and each assumed the child was with the other. Thankfully, their daughter was safely reunited with them.

Source: Pixabay

In another incident which took place in the Dubai International Airport in January 2018, parents once again forgot a child at the airport owing to taking two different cars to get back to their home in Al Ain which is a few hours drive away. An hour into their trip, airport authorities contacted the parents and informed them that they had driven away without their three-year-old daughter. Brigadier Lahej told the  Gulf News , “We found the little girl at Terminal 2 at Dubai International Airport. We checked the security cameras and traced her steps and identified her family. We managed to get the Asian father’s details and called him to come and collect his daughter.”

Source: Pixabay

Three hours later the little girl was reunited with her large family. “The father was shocked when we told him that he had forgotten his daughter in the airport. He thought she was in the second car,” Brig. Bin Lahej added. Officials helped keep the little girl calm till her family came back for her. The previous year, Dubai airport officials found themselves in a similar situation. “Last year, an Iraqi family forgot their daughter while they were leaving the country. We found the girl crying and managed to reunite her with her family just before they left the country,” Brig. Bin Lahej recalled. 

Source: Pixabay  

In 2008,  BBC  reported an incident where a four-year-old girl was found crying for her parents at a duty-free shop in Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. Her ultra-Orthodox family had boarded a flight to Paris with their four other children in tow and had somehow forgotten to take her along. Luckily, authorities were able to learn the little girl’s name and put her on the next flight to Paris accompanied by an adult. The family who were emigrating to Paris remained oblivious to their oversight well after take off. It is only after the captain informed them that they realized they had left their terrified daughter behind. Incidents like this are more common than we’d like to believe. Luckily, all of the children in these incidents were safely reunited with their families. 

Source: Pixabay

Categorías: Life

Featured Videos