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Child born on Dubai-Philippines flight gets to fly free for life

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Dubai: Giving birth mid-flight is arguably not an enjoyable travel experience, but it clearly has some of its own perks.

It was a surprise for both the woman and the passengers onboard a flight from Dubai to Manila when she delivered a baby mid-flight.

The baby has reportedly been given free Cebu Pacific flights for life.

One of the passengers shared her account on Facebook, writing that the Cebu Pacific flight attendants and two passengers who were nurses brought the expecting mother to the larger area at the front of the plane.

"We only heard one semi-loud screech, and a few seconds later, there were tinier, cute screeches, and it was when we knew the baby was born... Moments later, the woman got up to go back to her seat, baby in arms (mighty strong, I might say)," Missy Berberabe Umandal wrote on Facebook.

The flight made an emergency landing in India so that the mother and newborn girl could receive necessary medical attention before continuing on to the Philippines, reported Khaleej Times.

Many Asian airlines like Thai Airways, Asia Pacific Airlines, and AirAsia are known to have offered up free flights for airborne newborns in the past.

For those curious about the child's citizenship: there is an existing rule of when a child is born mid-air, the baby will hold citizenship of the country the plane lands on next.

While this rule still applies in USA, it has been revoked in most countries, including the Philippines.

Instead, this particular baby's birthplace will be recorded as India, but she will still carry a Philippine passport (since Cebu Pacific is a Philippine airline).

Her time of birth will also be record as per Indian standard time. 

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