Flight forced to turn around after woman leaves her baby in the airport


A Saudia flight had to turn back after a passenger realised she had left her baby in the terminal.


A Saudia plane was forced to turn around after a passenger realised her baby was not onboard.


Flight SV832 bound for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was in mid-air when the mother realised she left her baby in the terminal.


After alerting the cabin crew, the Saudia pilots made a request to return to Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport.


A video posted online, seemingly taken inside the controllers’ office, captured the exchange between the pilot and air traffic control.


In a mixture of Arabic and English, the pilot can be heard asking: “May God be with us. Can we come back?”


“A passenger has left her baby in the terminal and she is refusing to continue the flight.”


A controller can be heard discussing the situation with his colleagues, before asking the pilot to reiterate his reason for wanting to turn the back.


The pilot responds: “We told you, a passenger left her baby in the terminal and refuses to continue the flight.”


There is a pause before air traffic control replies: “OK, head back to the gate.”


“This is totally a new one for us,” he adds.