Penton was travelling with her two pre-teen kids on a Spirit Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas-Ft. Although he was thousands of miles from home and thousands of feet off the ground at birth, Lezcano was born a healthy 7 pounds and 19.5 inches - and without any complications for mother or baby.
At 36 weeks pregnant, passenger Cristina Penton became anxious when she began to feel unwell on flight 971 from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas/Fort Worth, Spirit said in a statement yesterday.
According to Spirit, the birth happened about 30 minutes into the flight, when a Phoenix woman, who was 36 week pregnant at the time, told flight attendants that she wasn't feeling well and requested for medical attention.
Roughly 15 minutes into the flight, Penton realised that she was entering labour and informed flight attendants who were able to to find a paediatrician and nurse who were also on the flight.
"Everything started happening very quickly", Penton said. "Soon after that, it was clear I was having my baby, and I was in pure panic".
Spirit Airlines has now given the newborn and his family free flights for 21 years. Penton said Tuesday she knew there was some risk in flying in her third trimester, but she had had a completely normal pregnancy and no indication that she would go into labor early.
She said she had been traveling with her two other kids, 11-year-old Lulu and 12-year-old Ramon, en route to Phoenix, The Advocate reported. When Christoph's family shares the story of his birth, they can show off his birth certificate which will list Louisiana as his birth location and "Other - airplane" as his place of birth.
The flight was then diverted to New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport where emergency medical crews were expected to meet the plane. A fellow passenger on the plane, Shelley Hedgecock Starks of Fort Worth, captured the whole thing on video. Mom and baby were taken to Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner.
A baby born during a flight to Dallas has been given free flights on his birthday for life by a U.S. airline.
As Green went back to find her seat, the passengers on the plane clapped and cheered.