Ever wondered what will be the nationality of a baby born in the sky? Here’s what happens when an ‘unexpected’ passenger arrives mid-way through the flight.
Granting of citizenship is actually a complicated matter and depends on varying factors. Usually the citizenship of these ‘sky born’ or ‘air born’ babies are that of his/her parents’ nationality.
However, it’s to be noted that, pregnant women in their 7th month or more are not allowed to board the airplane, but in some exceptional cases, it is allowed.
Not all countries allow dual citizenship, though notably, the United States is one such country to grant citizenship based on the location of baby born. For instance, if a pregnant woman travelling from India to America gives birth mid-way, the citizenship of the baby will depend on which country the aircraft is flying over.
The documents related to the birth certificates of the newborn can be obtained from the airports authority of the country.
The US grants citizenship to those ‘born in the air’ if the baby is born inside or within 12-nautical miles of the borders, including in the sky. The child, however, has the right to claim the citizenship of his/her parents.
A similar case had surfaced when a woman had labour pain and had given birth to a healthy baby girl, while travelling to America and Amsterdam. The child was then given the citizenship of both, the US and Netherlands.
In the other case, if a baby is born while passing over Indian land would not get a citizenship as India does not grants dual citizenship.
Jus soli, commonly referred to birthplace citizenship, is given in countries like America, Pakistan and some African countries.