Taiwanese Woman Who Gave Birth On U.S.-Bound Flight Deported Without Her Baby (Video)

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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The Taiwanese woman who gave birth on a flight from Taipei, Taiwan, to Los Angeles has been deported without her newborn baby from the United States.

The birth occurred on China Airlines Flight 008 on Oct. 8. A video of the child being born was posted by a fellow passenger to her YouTube channel, The Kitchen Doc (video below).

In the video, the baby is seen being swaddled by the flight crew who assisted in the birth.

When the plane made an emergency landing in Alaska, Border Patrol came on board, according to ABC 7.

The woman was reportedly 36 weeks pregnant when she boarded the plane, which is against China Airlines policy. For pregnancies past the 32-week mark, a certified doctor’s note is required to fly.

China Airlines staff have accused the woman of hiding her pregnancy when she boarded, Al Jazeera reported.

The woman allegedly asked one of the flight attendants assisting with the birth whether the plane was in U.S. airspace after her water broke, according to Taiwan's China Times newspaper, reported ABC 7. The news station added, however, that this account could not be confirmed.

The woman may have been involved in birth tourism, which is when pregnant women come to the United States to give birth so their child will be granted citizenship.

More than 10,000 women from China gave birth in the United States in 2012, according to data obtained by Al Jazeera.

The woman was deported back to Taiwan from Alaska on Oct. 17. Her child remains in the care of U.S. authorities.

According to Alaska state officials, the child is eligible for U.S. citizenship, ABC 7 reported. They have not revealed why the mother was deported without the baby.

The woman may face fines of more than $33,000 from China Airlines for the emergency landing. The airline's insurance company is currently deciding whether or not to pursue such action, an airline media affairs staffer said on Oct. 23.

Sources: ABC 7, Al Jazeera, The Kitchen Doc / Photo credit: ABC 7