Expectant mother gives birth on American Airlines jetway; gives daughter appropriate name
By CYDNEY HENDERSON | USA Today | Published: November 30, 2019
(Tribune News Service) — An American Airlines flight landed with an extra passenger.
On Wednesday, Nereida Araujo gave birth to a healthy baby girl on the jetway of Flight 868, after the plane landed in Charlotte, North Carolina from Tampa, Florida during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.
The uncommon birthplace inspired the newborn's fitting moniker: Lizyana Sky Taylor.
"Baby Sky decided to enter the world on a plane," Araujo wrote on Facebook. "Mommi (sic) handled it well thanks to everybody who assisted us with love & care."
American Airlines spokesperson Crystal Byrd told USA TODAY that the airline "requested medical personnel due to a passenger who needed assistance" upon landing in Charlotte.
"Paramedics, along with the Charlotte Fire Department, assisted in the delivery of a healthy baby girl at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport on the jetway," Grace Nelson, spokesperson for Mecklenburg EMS Agency, told USA TODAY.
Nelson added, "We are happy (and thankful of course!!) to be a part of this family's story."
According to Charlotte's local news station, WSOC, Araujo said she was 38 weeks pregnant and cleared to fly by the airline and her doctor, before her water broke toward the end of the 1-hour-and-39-minute flight.
"I was sleeping and I felt like a pop in my lower back," Araujo told the outlet. "I just felt like liquid and I woke my husband up."
Nelson noted that Sky's airport birthplace is "exceptionally rare." But she's not the first woman to go into labor on a plane.
In February, an expectant mother gave birth to a baby boy thousands of feet in the air on a JetBlue flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Fort Lauderdale. The birth of the airline's "youngest customer to date" coincidentally happened on a plane named "Born To Be Blue."
Similarly, in June 2017, a baby boy was born on a Spirit Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas. As a result, the discount airline gifted the newborn free flights for himself and a guest every year on his birthday for life.