The pilot said, "This flight is requesting to come back, a passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing. May God be with us. Can we come back or what?"
A Malaysia bound flight had to turn back to Saudi Arabia after a passenger realized that she has left her baby at the airport, reported ABS. The pilot, who was en route to Kuala Lumpur was heard making a very unusual request to return to the airport in Jeddah shortly after takeoff when the passenger told cabin crew she had forgotten her child. The flight returned to its gate at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after the panicked woman alerted the cabin crew that she forgot to bring her child on board.
Drop the mother now at the airport and take the baby, instead. https://t.co/w4U4vf4mYL— ♿🐜 Anthony SB Thanasayan (@wheelchairant) March 12, 2019
A video clip of the pilot calling into air traffic control reveals the unusual exchange between him and the operators, as he asks for permission to go back to King Abdulaziz airport. The pilot asked, "May God be with us. Can we come back?"
Such a situation was a first for the air traffic controllers and it has left the operator confounded and he can be heard conferring with others over the appropriate action. The pilot can also be heard talking to another colleague saying, "This flight is requesting to come back. A passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing.”
The stupidest woman and most neglectful idiot ever. Good night https://t.co/ZEebDx1H3B— Brooklyn'sConscience (@TruthBTLDViaud) March 13, 2019
The pilot can also be heard repeating to the air traffic operator, "I told you, a passenger has left her baby in the terminal and she is refusing to continue the flight.” After giving a brief pause, the flight was given permission to return to the terminal as the traffic controller can be heard saying, "OK, head back to the gate. This is totally a new one for us.” It is rare for planes to turn around or divert midair for anything other than technical or passenger health reasons.
How the fuck do you forget your baby? I feel bad for the other passengers, TBH.— Jane (@JaneWritesStuff) March 12, 2019
A woman on a flight to Malaysia forgot her baby at a Saudi airport. An audio recording of the pilot explaining the situation has gone viral. https://t.co/NWstkAsyUo via @HuffPostWeird
A similar incident happened in 2013 where an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York diverted to Kansas City because of a “very unruly passenger” who refused to stop singing Whitney Houston’s 'I Will Always Love You'. It might not have been a very emergency landing in aviation history, but it has to go down as one of the most bizarre when the flight was forced to land when a female passenger refused to stop singing Whitney Houston's song. This incident happened in the AA Flight Number 4 which was traveling fro, from Los Angeles to New York's JFK. The flight was diverted to Kansas City because of what was described as a "very unruly passenger."
Non stop flight from LAX to JFK forced to land in KC after woman sings I Will Always Love You at the top of lungs... http://t.co/qnmuJnZpsU— The Kendall B Show (@thekendallbshow) May 14, 2013
Later it came to know that the passenger was intoxicated and she refused to stop singing Houston's 1992 cover of the Dolly Parton song, which featured in 'The Bodyguard' until crew and fellow passengers could take no more.
Joe McBride said, "The woman was being disruptive and was removed from the plane for interfering with the flight crew. There was a federal air marshall on the aircraft, who subdued the woman and put her in cuffs." Once the flight landed, the woman was taken off the plane and was taken for an interview by the authorities.
The airline later refused to reboard the woman on the flight, so she was released and left in a taxi. American Airlines said, "A federal Air Marshall on the flight restrained, cuffed and detained the passenger. The captain declared an emergency and diverted to Kansas City. Police met the flight and took the woman into custody. The plane was refueled and continued to JFK – landing with less than an hour delay."
In 2014, a taxiing plane heading to Seoul returned to the gate after the South Korean airline heiress Cho Hyun-ah forced a senior crew member to get down from the flight because she had been served macadamia nuts from a packet instead of a bowl.
The 40-year-old woman, who was a KAL vice-president at the time was offended because she was served Macadamia nuts that she didn't ask for. The incident sparked public outrage in South Korea. Crew chief Park Chang-jin accused Cho of treating flight attendants like slaves and had also urged her to reflect on her irrational and senseless behavior. He said, "I think Cho did not show an ounce of conscience, treating powerless people like myself as feudal slaves and forcing us to sacrifice unilaterally. Like a beast that found its prey gritting its teeth, she yelled and became violent, never listening to what I said.”
He also said that Cho made him kneel and beg for forgiveness while jabbing him with a service manual. She is the eldest daughter of Korean Air Lines chief Cho Yang-ho was taken into the police custody. The KAL chief also said that none of the crew members is going to lose their jobs. But Park, after returning to work expressed concern about possible damage to his career, claiming he had been treated like an “expendable”.
The story made international headlines and was regarded as a national embarrassment even by the public of South Korea. A company executive was also accused of tampering with evidence and a transport ministry official is accused of leaking details of a government inquiry into the case.