Plane forced to turn around after mom realizes she forgot baby at airport

A mother onboard a Saudia Airlines flight accidentally left her baby at the airport, prompting the pilot to make the decision to turn the entire plane around.

For many mothers, forgetful moments are not uncommon. Perhaps they’ve missed picking up their child from school or lost track of a toddler in a grocery store aisle for a few minutes.

But the incident involving this particular mother takes forgetfulness to a whole new level… Keep reading to find out exactly how it went down!

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According to Newsweek, the mother accidentally left her baby in the boarding area of an airport. Unaware of the situation, she boarded the plane, went through takeoff, and only realized her mistake after the flight had taken off.

Fortunately, the pilot was able to coordinate with air traffic control to facilitate the plane’s return to the airport.

“May God be with us. Can we come back or what?” the pilot was heard asking in a now-viral video. “This flight is requesting to come back… a passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing.”

Traveling with children can be a challenging experience, often characterized by chaos and exhaustion, which means that caregivers may make occasional mistakes or oversights.

However, leaving one’s child entirely behind at an airport is an extraordinary demonstration of forgetfulness.

The incident occurred on a Saudia Airlines flight from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Following takeoff, the distressed mother informed the crew that she had inadvertently left her baby in the boarding area at King Abdulaziz International Airport.

A video uploaded to YouTube captured the exchange between the air control operator and the Saudia pilot, quickly garnering over millions of views.

“We told you, a passenger left her baby in the terminal and refuses to continue the flight,” the pilot reiterated to air traffic staff.

Upon confirmation, the operator granted approval for the plane to return to the gate, acknowledging the unprecedented nature of the situation.

The aircraft successfully turned around and landed back at King Abdulaziz International Airport, though this likely caused significant inconvenience to passengers onboard.

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Details regarding how and why the mother forgot her baby remain undisclosed… Was she severely sleep-deprived? Did she mistakenly believe her spouse had the baby? Was she preoccupied with managing older children and inadvertently overlooked the youngest?

Fortunately, the mother and baby were reunited upon the plane’s return, ensuring their safe return home.

While we can speculate and judge all we want, the most important outcome is that the baby is safe! Not only that, but this incident will undoubtedly be told as an unforgettable family tale in the future.


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