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Too many babies coming to Canberra!

By johnboy 6 August 2009 26

The Age brings word of trouble for Qantas when they failed to keep track of large numbers of babies flying to Canberra:

    Hundreds of babies, flying to Canberra next month for a national home-birth rally, were this week bumped off flights after the airline’s computerised booking system failed to alert staff that too many infants were being put on each plane.

    Civil Aviation Safety Authority rules stipulate that only eight babies are allowed on each flight to match the number of infant oxygen masks available, but more than 20 babies were booked on some journeys.

The mothers are not at all pleased about the disruption to their plans to fly in and fly out the same day.

But a little bit of a windfall to the Canberra economy as many are being forced to spend the night to spread the load across more flights.

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Woody Mann-Caruso 2:21 pm 07 Aug 09

Women will like what I tell them to like.

emd 1:55 pm 07 Aug 09

Granny’s right, the women with babies under 2 are not getting anything for free as their baby won’t require a seat or a meal. How were they to know the Qantas booking system is incompetent? I mean seriously, can’t their computer automatically not allow any more infants to be booked on a flight once they reach the magic limit of 8 infants per flight?

Granny’s also right that it takes longer to get an operating theatre ready than to get to hospital. It takes 20 minutes to prep a theatre. Most Canberrans live less than 20 minutes drive from hospital (quicker in an ambulance with flashing lights).

This isn’t about whether homebirth is safer than hospital or vice versa. Birth choice should be made based on your individual circumstances. The problem is that the government are effectively banning one particular healthcare choice. Gee, I wonder who’s been lobbying them to do that?

Granny 11:08 am 07 Aug 09

The charge is for the seat. Infants under two travel on their parent’s lap and do not get their own seat. Therefore they are not charged for it.

Fiona 10:15 am 07 Aug 09

She paid extra to get a direct flight, instead of going via Sydney, not necessarily to take a bub on the plane… I don’t know how much it costs for babies on planes.

Jim Jones 9:13 am 07 Aug 09

dvaey said :

Just to get back on topic (since it seems to have been deviated from).. These infants are flying for free, these parents are complaining that because after they got a free ticket for their infant, they got bumped due to capacity limits.

If these parents had paid anything for their infants tickets, then Id have slightly more sympathy for their displacement, but when you travel on a conditional airfare you have to expect sometimes you might get bumped especially on a freebie.
(Disclaimer: virgin blue flies infants <2 yrs for free, I didnt check other airlines, but assume theyre the same)

How is it a ‘freebie’? They all paid their fares and let the airline knew they’d be traveling with infants, the airline screwed up and these paying customers are left with the logistical inconvenience and expense of an unplanned night in an unfamiliar city (with a baby no less).

You might want to read the article, where such details as the following are given: “Rachael Forbes, of Brisbane, paid extra for a direct flight with her 11-month-old daughter, Sophie, but was contacted by Qantas on Sunday and told she must stay the night, forcing her husband to take time off work to care for their other children.”

Somehow paying extra equates to ‘a freebie’?

vg 11:40 pm 06 Aug 09

Granny that is absolute rubbish. My wife’s last baby had the anaethestist attending within 5 mins of being called as he was on call and downstairs. The doctor took longer but, in an emergency, we would have had another doctor who was in the hospital, just not our one of choice.

You are correct in saying that being doctor does not make you a god, but being a midwife does not make you a doctor either. Doctors and midwives are not ‘equally accountable’. One is far more highly trained

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