Airline staff discovered an abandoned newborn baby in the toilet of an Air Mauritius plane, believed to have been thrown into a trash can after being born in mid-flight.
A 20-year-old woman was arrested after the baby boy was found when staff went to clean the plane after it landed at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport on New Years Day.
The woman denied being the mother of the child, but was ordered to undergo a medical examination and it was confirmed that she had recently given birth to a child, according to reports.
The flight landed in the Mauritian capital of Port Louis after a flight from Madagascar. The baby and mother are reportedly doing well after being rushed to hospital.
The woman would have arrived in Mauritius with a work permit. She faces a charge of abandoning a newborn baby upon discharge from the hospital.
Legal action has been taken against Qatar Airways after allegedly forcing women to undress for invasive genital examinations at Qatar airport in 2020.
The airline has pulled some passengers off its Qatar Airways flight to Australia after authorities discovered a premature baby abandoned in the toilet at Hamad International Airport in Doha.
The women, including at least 13 Australian residents and citizens, were reportedly forced to remove their underwear and undergo gynecological examinations without their consent and without being informed that airport authorities had found a newborn baby in the toilet.