As the cost of travel increases and airline ticket-buyers find reason to be excited by tiny foil packets of peanuts and screens showing TV reruns, one brand new customer of India's Jet Airways has earned free air travel for life.
After the Gulf crisis started, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain has closed their skies to Qatar Airways flights and their national airlines have stopped flying to Qatar.
The delivery happened on Jet Airways' Dammam-Kochi flight on Sunday morning.
Being the first baby to be born in flight for Jet Airways, the airlines announced that the child would get a free lifetime pass for any travel on the carrier.
Later on after landing on the Mumbai Airport, both the mother and the baby were rushed to Holy Spirit Hospital and are now reported to be stable. Responding swiftly to the situation the crew members and a nurse onboard took care of her and helped the mother deliver the baby mid-flight.
Flight 9W 569 was diverted the flight to Mumbai after the staff declared a medical emergency.
The plane resumed its journey to Kochi and reached at 12.45pm, after a delay of 90 minutes. The Jet Airways also informed the news to the family of the guest.
"The guest delivered a baby boy at 35,000 feet", the spokesperson said.
Most airlines allow expectant mothers to travel until they are 36 weeks pregnant, but require a signed letter from a doctor from 28 weeks onwards which confirms the expected date of birth.