While mid-air on a flight, a woman reportedly realised she had forgotten her baby at the airport’s terminal, forcing the plane to promptly turn around.
According to Gulf News, the plane took off from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, when the passenger remembered she was travelling with her child, who she had left in the boarding area at King Abdul Aziz International Airport.
Upon realising, the woman alerted cabin crew who then notified the pilot. The plane, understood to be on its way to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, then redirected its path back to the airport, in a decision that is only ever made for exceptional or emergency situations.
A video, which has been widely circulated on social media in Saudi Arabia, of the pilot’s exchange with air control operators reveals how the unusual situation unravelled.
“May God be with us. Can we come back or what?” the captain asked the air traffic operator. Unaware of the protocol for the bizarre situation, the air controllers then clarified with their colleagues what the appropriate procedure is.