One pilot prevented a real-life Home Alone situation by turning a flight around when a woman realized she discovered she left her baby at the airport.
The Saudia flight was headed to Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia — an 11-hour (minimum) flight. As passengers settled in for their almost half-day trip, one mother noticed something was seriously wrong, and immediately spoke to staff to see if something could be done. Luckily for her, the pilot was pretty compassionate to her cause and requested to turn the plane around.
“May God be with us. Can we come back?” asks the pilot in a recently released audio recording which was later translated. “A passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing.”
Once contact was made with air traffic control, they allowed the flight to turn around, but then admitted they've never seen a situation like this before.
Unfortunately, we haven't received further information regarding a followup on the situation, or how this occurred, to begin with, however, The Independent reached out to Saudia (the airline in question) for a statement. It would be interesting to see how delayed the flight was after the situation, but for now, that information is not available either.
Normally, when we see stories about babies on airplanes, it usually revolves around the child's inability to handle the change in air pressure, which normally causes a disturbance to the passengers. In fact, in late February, ABC13 reported on one mother who went viral for giving out gift bags that include earplugs just in case her baby got a little unruly. Before that, another passenger made headlines after she was kicked off a flight for complaining about her seat's proximity to a baby — essentially the exact opposite reason.
Thankfully, however, it seems as though this story has a happy ending after everything was said and done, and while it may have been scary at the moment, the situation does almost seem like a scene straight out of Home Alone when Kate McCallister (played by Catherine O'Hara) realizes she left her son Kevin at home while she's already on the plane. Still, this could have been a lot worse. In a busy airport, anything could have happened with people from around the world coming and going. If someone had cruel intentions, this story could have been tragic. Kudos to the pilot for both the pilot and aircraft control for their quick action.