Airline gives baby born mid-flight free travel for life

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(RNN) - Indian airline Jet Airways gifted free, lifetime air tickets to a baby born aboard one of its flights from Saudi Arabia to India.

The crew and nurse Mini Wilson - a passenger on the plane - helped deliver the baby at 35,000 feet after a woman went into premature labor.

The mother and baby were taken to a hospital after the Boeing 737 landed in Mumbai, India. The BBC reports that both are in good health.

The company thanked its crew and Wilson for "the successful birth of the baby boy."

"Jet Airways commends its crew for their response and promptness that saw them successfully translate their training into life-saving action," the company said in a statement.

They added that it was the first time "a baby was born in-flight for the airline."

Other companies have experienced similar situations. The crew on a Turkish Airlines flight helped deliver a baby at 42,000 feet in April.

Many airlines allow expecting mothers to travel until they reach 36 weeks of pregnancy. After that, they require a signed letter from a doctor that confirms the baby's expected date of birth.

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