Baby Born On Spirit Air Gets Free Flights On Birthdays For Life

Joe Raedle

Just ten minutes into her 8:30 p.m. flight from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas on Saturday night, mom-to-be Cristina Penton knew something was wrong. He weighed in at an even 7 pounds and was 19.5 inches tall.

Cristina Penton from Arizona, who was 36 weeks pregnant, went into labour on June 25 shortly after the Spirit Airlines flight took off, but luckily there were a paediatrician and a nurse on board, who rushed to her help.

Flight attendants huddled around Cristina Penton, handing her wet cloths to keep her cool.

"The Spirit crew was very attentive and took care of me throughout the flight", Penton said in a Spirit press release. "Soon after that, it was clear I was having my baby, and I was in pure panic". Penton and her three children plan to drive the rest of way home from New Orleans to Phoenix.

On Tuesday, Spirit Airlines representatives visited the now-larger family at the Louisiana hospital to present them with some baby gifts - including free lifetime Spirit flights for Christoph and a guest on his birthday. "We were just all along for the ride, I think", Penton said. "There was no time to prepare or land or do anything", Penton said, according to CNN.


The Spirit crew took swift steps to divert the flight to New Orleans Louis Armstrong Airport.

Shelley Hedgecock Starks recorded the birth and posted the video to Facebook.

"Our flight attendants are trained to handle medical emergencies in flight and they have access to doctors on the ground via in flight communication", Spirit Airlines spokesperson Paul Berry said in a news conference. She had carried two babies to full-term, and though heavily pregnant, she was unconcerned about flying just weeks out from her due date. Doctors recommended the baby not fly on a plane until his immune system is stronger. "They helped make what could have been a awful situation as good as it could possibly be".

Founded in 1992, Spirit Airlines has a history of quickly capitalizing on timely events - including a Tiger Woods advertising campaign that followed his first highly publicized vehicle wreck - and this event was just too good for corporate to pass up.

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