The Mummy Returns: Saudia flight to KL turns back after passenger realises she left baby at airport
(Stock image for illustration purposes) On Sunday, a Saudia flight from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Kuala Lumpur made a hasty U-turn shortly after take-off when a passenger noticed that her baby was missing
IF YOU feel like facepalming the next time you forget to bring along your toothbrush on a trip, take comfort in knowing that there is a traveller who is spectacularly more scatter-brained than you are, and who should probably stay at home.
On Sunday, a Saudia flight from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Kuala Lumpur made a hasty U-turn shortly after take-off when a passenger noticed that her baby was missing – and suddenly realised that she had left it behind at the airport’s departure lounge, Gulf News reported.
How the Saudi woman managed to forget to bring along her baby is a mystery, but when informed of the missing human cargo, the captain of flight SV832 decided to return to the King Abdul Aziz International Airport.
His request to return, however, was greeted with utter bafflement by traffic controllers who were unsure of how to handle the unprecedented situation.
A one-minute video clip of the exchange between the captain and bemused ground control officials has gone viral on YouTube, and aptly captures the absurdity of the situation as everyone involved grappled to determine the protocol to follow.
According to the Daily Mail, the flight eventually landed safely and departed for Kuala Lumpur once again one hour later.
This epic incident of “forgetting” will not be soon forgotten by the Saudia flight crew, and, we hope, the absent-minded mother.