Spirit Airlines granted a newborn baby free flights for his entire life as his mother delivered him on a flight.
Cristina Penton was 36 weeks pregnant when she was on a Spirit Airlines plane flying from Ft. Lauderdale to Dallas/Ft. Worth. After the plane took off with less than an hour, Penton felt uncomfortable as she was having contractions.
“I didn’t think I was having the baby because it was too soon, but after a few minutes, I knew I needed medical attention,” Penton said, according to a press release from the airline. “Soon after that, it was clear I was having my baby, and I was in pure panic.”
“Within 10, 15 minutes of takeoff I felt like something was not fine,” Penton said, adding that contractions were increasing every five minutes, then four minutes, then three minutes. She informed the crew. Her water broke in 50 minutes and she delivered the baby in 10 minutes.
“It went really, really quick.” she said.
“This is what he wanted.” she said. “We were just all along for the ride, I think.”
Penton replied that she felt “Much better now that the crisis is over” when asked about her well-being in a news conference.
Free Flights For Life
Spirit Airlines officials paid a visit to Penton and Christoph at the hospital Tuesday, where they granted the newborn free flights for life on his birthdays to come; moreover, he can bring a guest on the flights. “A baby being born during a flight is very rare,” Spirit spokesman Paul Berry said in a statement.
“But our flight attendants are trained to handle medical emergencies in flight and they have access to doctors on the ground via inflight communication. In this case we were fortunate to also have a pediatrician on board who brought even more care and comfort to the situation.”