Seemingly struggling to believe the request, staffers asked the pilot to explain the scenario one more time for good measure.
According to Gulf News report, the flight which was flying from Jeddah to Kuala Lampur, returned back to the airport after the Saudi mother informed cabin crew that she forgot her baby back at the terminal. According to the news website, the pilot is heard requesting the ATC to return back to King Abdulaziz International Airport.
The Independent said no further information was given on how the mother forgot her child in the boarding gate of the airport.
In rare cases, mostly a major emergency, flights are generally cleared to return to airports to collect a forgotten item.
In a video posted on social media, the pilot and Air Traffic Control (ATC) operators can be heard talking about the situation. "May God be with us". Reportedly, the operator takes down the flight number and asks a colleague about the protocol. But we can imagine that no one would want to continue on a long flight knowing that they left a family member behind, so there really was no choice.
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Late for the flight, they dashed to the gate, and somehow lost their daughter, who was found later by airport police wandering around the airport.
The pilot has since been lauded for coming to the rescue of the distraught mother by social media users.
It is unclear whether the plane was already in air or if the flight had not yet taken off.
The child took the next flight to Paris, accompanied by an airline staffer, where she was safely reunited with her parents.