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Desperate mother screams at crew to open plane door after baby 'passes out' in heat waiting for take-off

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 09/08/2018 Tom Powell

A panicked mother has been filmed begging cabin crew to open a plane door after her baby appeared to pass out while waiting for take-off.

The woman can be seen screaming at staff on the flight from Paris to Islamabad as concerned passengers gather round and offer her support.

Pakistan International Airlines has launched an investigation after the distressing footage was shared across the world.

In the clip, the mother pleads with flight attendants to open the doors while attempting to cool her baby down by fanning it.

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The plane was delayed by at least 30 minutes on the runway amid hot temperatures in the French capital earlier this month.

Other passengers can be heard shouting “shame” while the staff discuss whether they are able to open the door. They reportedly tried to get permission but were told it was not possible.

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The mother eventually returned to her seat after the tense situation calmed down.

The airline has released a statement on the “unfortunate incident”, saying that the CEO had ordered a “detailed inquiry”.

“PIA always considers passengers safety and comfort as its foremost priority and many times PIA has even diverted its flight to other destinations to provide medical attention to passengers whenever needed,” it said.

“The doors could not be opened as it would have been a severe safety violation.”

A spokesperson added that the baby was moved to a different section of the aircraft before it flew to Islamabad “with the satisfaction of passengers”.

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