On a Pacific Blue flight yesterday from Samoa to New Zealand, a woman gave birth on the plane. Now, this is not the first time in recorded history this has happened. What makes this unusual is that no one noticed she gave birth. The 30 year old woman went into the bathroom on the plane, gave birth to the baby and then went back to her seat. Sounds happy doesn't it? It does until I tell you that she went back to her seat without the baby. Yep. She decided to leave the baby in the trash on the plane. No one actually noticed it in there until about an hour after the plane landed and the cleaning crew discovered it.
The good news in all of this is that the baby is fine. The woman was caught because she was waiting in the terminal for another flight. She was also the only woman in the airport wearing bloody clothes. The police took her to the hospital, where she underwent some surgery and is now in the hospital with her baby.
Now, the big stink in all of this is not that the woman abandoned the baby in the trash, the outrage seems to be directed at the airline for letting her on the plane at all in such an advanced state of labor. I don't know how the airlines can stop her. Apparently they asked every pregnant person how far along they are. What more can you do other than that? Have them bring a doctor's note stating how far along they are. How is that any business of the airline?
Meanwhile, the woman, might face charges, but it is unlikely. Unlikely? WTF? She left the baby in the trash and was taking a flight to a different country and she might face charges? I understand reuniting the mom with the baby, but do you really want the mom to be in charge of that baby's life? She already was once, and didn't do a good job.
Remember, this isn't a teenager afraid of her parents. This is a 30 year old woman who did this. She better face some charges.