Traveling by plane has become so normal that we rarely consider the safety precautions that must be taken, especially when traveling with children. Rubin Swift, a new father, attempted to board a plane in Phoenix with his newborn daughter but was stopped by police. He couldn’t take the 4-day-old baby on the plane since she wasn’t old enough to fly.
Despite the fact that the father had all of the proper paperwork from the doctors, the airline had its own set of requirements. Swift was stranded at the airport with the infant girl. He phoned nurse Joy Ringhofer, who had taken good care of the baby at the hospital since he was completely stumped. She was his last chance, and she didn’t disappoint him!
The woman arrived at the airport and picked the pair up. Ringhofer offered her own home and food for 3 more days until the girl turned 7 days old, the minimum appropriate age for flying. Swift was blown away by the kindness of a stranger. He said:
She actually brought me to her house, she’s been feeding me, making sure me and my baby were all right. During those 3 days, the woman got attached to the baby, confessing how much she was going to miss her:
She is just beautiful and wonderful. She’s been so good. I am going to really miss her when she is gone. Apparently, Rubin and his daughter made a friend for a lifetime, thanks to the nurse’s unconditional sympathy and kindness. This father was lucky to meet a good Samaritan!
In order to avoid surprises at the airport when traveling with a newborn, make sure to check the airlines’ regulations. Some of them may board the baby from 2 days old, some forbid it until 2 weeks old. The young parents may need official papers from the hospital stating that the child’s health conditions allow them to fly.
If the baby is born premature, start counting from the due date instead of the actual birth date. If delivered through C-section, it may be unsafe to take a newborn on a plane before it turns six weeks.
Remember that a child’s safety always comes first, and every parent is responsible for that.