If you live in a big city, then paying for your daily tube travel can be a nightmare. Luckily for one little tot, he won't have to worry about paying a single euro on train travel for the next 25 years. According to the Sacramento Bee, the Paris public transport provider Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) bestowed the gift upon the newborn after the mother unexpectedly went into labor earlier this month while traveling.
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The RATP live-tweeted the events as they happened, telling other passengers that the disruption in services on the RER A line was caused by the surprise delivery. Luckily for the lady in question, rescue workers were able to take care of her as she delivered the baby whilst waiting for emergency services to arrive. The news was proudly displayed on the Paris train traffic screens.
The RER A line offered its congratulations to the new mother, going on to tweet that the delay was over and underground traffic had returned to normal - or as normal as it could be. The services are often delayed due to strikes and other problems, leaving some Parisians to joke that the 25-year free train travel gift may be more of a curse than a blessing for the child.
At the end of this month, the RER B line, which goes from Charles De Gaulle Airport to the Paris City center, will be disrupted due to strike action and running at a reduced frequency. With such vital metro services disrupted, it can cause all manner of problems for visitors and locals. Some services also skip stops without notifying passengers, leading to chaos and upset.
As the baby boy was delivered, trains were paused in both directions for approximately 45 minutes at Auber station as passengers, emergency staff and train staff all pitched in. The boy isn't the first to be born while traveling, with one woman giving birth on board a Jet Airways flight from Saudi Arabia to India, on top of countless other travel-birth stories. The airline marked the occasion in a similar way, giving the child free air travel for life.
And to think, all we got for free when we gave birth were stretch marks!