Published: Nov 26, 2021
Source: India Today
Britain on Thursday said it was concerned by a newly identified coronavirus variant spreading in South Africa that might make vaccines less effective and imperil efforts to fight the pandemic.
Source: India Times
Published: Nov 25, 2021
If You're Born On A Plane, What's Your Nationality? Here's What The Rules Say
Here's a question I bet you have never pondered: If a baby is born on a flight, what will be his/her nationality? Well, the law on the subject is complex because various countries apply different principles of nationality.
But why, you ask? Because on the basis of citizenship, you enjoy all the rights as any other person in that country. According to rules, if a person is born in India, then he/she is entitled to get citizenship even if his/her parents aren’t from here.
Every country has different guidelines, policies, and rules regarding the citizenship of children born on plane.
Here's an example to make it easier. A pregnant lady goes into labour in an aircraft flying from India to the USA and while passing over the Canadian border she delivers a child on the plane.
The place of birth of the child will be considered as Canada and that child can get citizenship of his/her parent's country as well. However, there is no offering of dual citizenship in India.
Your nationality can be defined and established by the airlines you are flying in. If your plane is registered in Norway, even when you are flying over the Pacific or between any two different country borders, you are still in Norway and have to abide by Norwegian nationality.
There's also a suggestion that babies born on planes will sometimes be citizens of the country where the plane is registered and sometimes take their parents' citizenship.
Apparently, it depends. The national registry of the airline matters. The nation you are born over matters too. Some nations grant citizenship to fly-by babies. Some don't.
Who governs the air?
Again, this is a subject of contention. Nations have made strong claims to owning the sky. Some countries say their territory extends 43 miles up, some say 99, NPR reported.
In 1976, eight equatorial nations, of the Bogota Declaration, boasted their claims to 22,300 miles above the earth. Everyone agrees there is an upper limit, but legal theories suggest otherwise.
Despite all these complex laws, mid-flight births are exceedingly rare—so rare, in fact, that most airlines don’t even keep track of the number of babies born in the air. An expecting mother likely wouldn't even be able to get onto a flight in the first place, since many airlines have rules that prohibit women from flying after they've reached a certain point in their pregnancy.