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Baby Born On SWA Flight Reminds Us How Vital Crew Really Are

    Southwest Airlines Unveils New Look with Heart. Photo Credit: Stephen M. Keller

    Southwest Airlines Unveils New Look with Heart. Photo Credit: Stephen M. Keller

    In my latest feature on Skift,‘Why Disrespecting Flight Attendants Is Totally Nuts’, I shared insights from seasoned flight attendants on the long-standing misconceptions of their roles and duties onboard, with an emphasis on the vital role that airline crew play in our well-being and safety.

    We’ll, you can’t get much more vital than assisting a birth, as crew did on SWA Flight 623. In this SWA video, Flight Attendants Carri Robinson, Danielle Fite and Captain John Gordy share their experience assisting a birth onboard.

    Birthing babies on planes is not unheard of, despite recommendations that mothers avoid air-travel in the later stages of their pregnancy. Sometimes babies are in as much of a rush to arrive as fellow passengers.

    This summer Aer Lingus found and reunited 39 year-old Patrick Loueiro, born on their flight from Mozambique to Portugal in 1975 with cabin crew member & former nurse Jackie Ryan, who delivered Patrick at Dublin airport. You can watch the original news footage on RTÉ here:

    Crew duties are many and varied. They save lives and give life, and deserve that we make their lives a little easier by showing them all some R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

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