As we all know, airlines are strict when it comes to flight schedules. It is a given instruction and a standard protocol for passenger to check in at least an hour before their flight so the before flight processes can go smoothly and orderly.
Because of these constraints in terms of time, it is very rare for flights to be back to their original location except when there is an emergency!
A video recently went viral online after a flight from Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur was forced to turn back to Saudi Arabia. The reason behind? Apparently, a mother left her child on the ground!
According to Gulf News, the bizarre incident happened over the weekend when a Saudia plane returned to the airport after taking off as a passenger on board had forgotten her baby at the airport. Flight SV832, from Jeddah to Kuala Lampur, turned back after the Saudi mother told cabin crew that she had forgotten her baby in the boarding area at the terminal of the King Abdul Aziz International Airport.
A video went viral on social media showing the pilot requesting permission to head back to the airport, while talking to ATC operators – who were caught by surprise and were scampering around to figure out the protocol to be observed for such an incident.
“May God be with us. Can we come back or what?” the pilot was heard talking to air traffic controller.
The operator, after taking the flight number, is heard asking another colleague about the protocol.
“This flight is requesting to come back…a passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing.”
The operator then asks the pilot to re-confirm the reason for turning back.
The pilot was overhead speaking: “We told you, a passenger left her baby in the terminal and refuses to continue the flight.”
“Ok, head back to the gate. This is totally a new one for us!”
Although they must have been still in shock because of what happened, we still give praise to the pilot, the cabin crew and the operators for exercising a humanitarian act of kindness. May you and your airline prosper in the future!
Watch the full video of the conversation here: