12 March, 2019

Saudia flight returns to Jeddah after passenger forgets her .................... baby!

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A Saudia flight from Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur had to turn back to its Saudi Arabian base after one of the passengers became anxious - not for a medical reason but because the lady had left her baby at the airport.

Flight SV832A had just set off from Jeddah, however, the passenger told the cabin crew that she had left something important behind - her baby.  The crew then informed the pilots and they asked air traffic control for permission to return to the airport.

The news of the absent-minded passenger and the unusual reason to request a return to base for the aircraft only came to light after the radio conversation between the pilot and ATC was uploaded to social media.

The video has had more than  30,000 views and init can be heard part of the conversation, “May God be with us. Can we come back or what?” the pilot asks.

“This flight is requesting to come back…a passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing,” an ATC agent says.  The pilot is then asked again for the reason he wants to return, he replies, "We told you, a passenger left her baby in the terminal and refuses to continue the flight."

"Ok, head back to the gate," says ATC. "This is totally a new one for us!"

We wondered what other strange or unusual reasons why a flight had been delayed or what people had forgotten, so we asked a random selection of people from the aviation industry. Not a single one can recall an incident a forgotten baby delaying a flight.  Mischievous children, on the other hand, playing hide and seek caused a Dan Air holiday flight to be delayed at Gatwick, but that was back in the 80's.  Another recalled that a passenger had once reportedly left their false teeth in an airport washroom, however, a member of airline staff was sent to retrieve the fake nashers and the flight hadn't been delayed.  Another told of a wealthy businessman and regular on the London - New York route,  who was about to board an aircraft when he realised he'd left an important item in his car and went to get it back, as he was a first class regular the airline simply rebooked him for the next flight a little later the same day.  The important item that prompted an urgent retrieval was,  allegedly the man's teddy bear!