You might have watched Home Alone when you were younger and wondered how anyone could possibly be left behind – let alone a child.
But at least Kate McCallister had the excuse that there was a tribe of children and other family members to contend with. A mother on board a Saudi Airlines flight realised she’d left her baby at the airport a short time after take-off.
The plane was on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Jeddah when the forgetful passenger demanded to be reunited with her child which meant the pilot needed to turn around.
Flight SV832 did turn back to go and retrieve the child after the mother told cabin crew she had left her baby in the boarding area.
Y’know that place where you go through a mental checklist: Passport – yep. Boarding pass – yep. Money – enough. Booze – plenty. Other family members – other what?
A bizarre video has been posted on to social media where you can hear the pilot requesting permission to head back to the terminal of the King Abdul Aziz International Airport.
Air Traffic Controllers were caught by surprise and scampered around to figure out what the correct course of action to take was.
According to Gulf News, the pilot can be heard asking: “May God be with us. Can we come back or what?”
The ATC team spoke to each other about protocol with one operator saying: “This flight is requesting to come back…a passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing.”
The controller then asks the pilot to repeat the reasoning for turning back. To which he says: “We told you, a passenger left her baby in the terminal and refuses to continue the flight.”
The mother realised she had left her child in the terminal after taking off. Credit: PA
People have now taken to social media with some praising the pilot and others questioning the mother.
One said: “At the airport I’ve thought about it a lot! Getting on that plane and leaving my husband behind… I wouldn’t turn back.”
Another added: “How the hell can you forget you got your baby with you?”
A third commented: “Was the baby called Kevin by any chance?” Someone else simply chimed in: “Kids crying now. Nice one.”
It also gave people a chance to share their own forgetful moments which is sure to make this mother feel better.
One lady explained: “I left my newborn in her car seat in Boots once, I got as far as the exit before I realised! I’ve heard several stories of similar things too.”