Recently a mother on board a Saudia Airlines flight accidentally forgot about her baby and left her at the airport. She forced the pilot to turn the plane around.
I’m sure there are many moms who have had at lease on forgetful moment in their past. Perhaps they forgot to pick up their child up from school one day! Or even left a toddler wandering around the grocery store on their own for 10 whole minutes!
However this mother brought it to a whole new level as she left her baby in the boarding area of an airport. She only then realized that her baby was missing after she got on the plane and sat through takeoff.
Thankfully, the pilot was able to make arrangements to turn the plane around. “May God be with us. Can we come back or what?” the pilot asked air traffic control in a video lip which has gone viral “This flight is requesting to come back… a passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing.”
This is similar to Home Alone, only a much shorter plot. Traveling with kids can be tough. It’s hectic and stressful and exhausting, so moms and other caregivers are bound to make mistakes and forget things once in a while.
Last weekend, a mom was on a Saudia Airlines flight on the way from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Once the plane had taken off, she frantically informed the crew that she had forgotten her baby in the boarding area at King Abdulaziz International Airport.
A video from youtube captured the air control operator’s conversation with the Saudia pilot, where the video has gone viral. It has over 1.8 million views at the time of writing. “May God be with us. Can we come back or what?” the pilot asks in the clip.
“This flight is requesting to come back… a passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing,” the pilot continued. The air traffic staff asked for the pilot to confirm the story.
They probably couldn’t believe what they heard. “We told you, a passenger left her baby in the terminal and refuses to continue the flight,” the pilot confirmed.
The operator eventually agreed. “OK, head back to the gate,” he said. “This is a totally new one for us!”
Once the return trip approved, much to the annoyance of the passengers on board, the plane successfully turned around and landed right back at King Abdulaziz International Airport.
Social media users seem to have mixed reactions regarding the story. Some can’t understand how a mom could possibly forget about her baby.
The details of how and why have not been revealed, leaving people fill in the gaps of this pretty baffling story for themselves. Perhaps she was totally sleep-deprived? Did she think her husband had the baby? Was she worrying about older kids and accidentally forgot the youngest?
As one Twitter user pointed out, planes rarely take off immediately. Imagine sitting there, waiting and waiting for takeoff, and not noticing that your baby is missing! (Also, did nobody in the airport notice an extra unattended baby?)
Some people deem the mother as neglectful and careless. Others are more sympathetic, acknowledging that mom duties all the time is really hard. (Which is why some people just opt out.)
Then again, there was a whole movie made about basically this exact situation: Home Alone. That kid didn’t even make it TO the airport.
In any case, thank goodness the baby is OK! Someday, that child will be telling the best story since Kevin McCallister.
Luckily, the mom and baby were reunited at the airport after the plane returned, and everyone made it home safely. Phew.
Most families will have a story about that time mom or dad forgot someone at the grocery store, the mall, or the bank. It happens!
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