There was one more passenger when they landed...

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

On a flight today from Denver to Orlando, a woman gave birth to a baby. 

Here's my question:  On that baby's birth certificate.  Does it show that s/he was born in Denver.... in Orlando... or in the state whose airspace they were in at the time of birth?  Or is there some other option? 

These are the sort of things that keep me awake at night.

Enquiring minds want to know.

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois


Comments (16)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Alan- now that's something to ponder. I can see the question pop up down the road when the child is asked what state they were born in. Makes for good cocktail conversation. 

May 18, 2022 04:36 PM
Alan May

great idea... I'll have a cocktail.

May 18, 2022 05:16 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

And I will be looking forward to the answers.  I do hope you are able to get some sleep in the meantime.

May 18, 2022 06:41 PM
Alan May

Oh, I think I'll manage.

May 20, 2022 06:57 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ha ha, Alan. Well, now you have me wondering. There are probably some guidelines wrttien down somewhere. 


May 18, 2022 08:30 PM
Alan May

I surely hope so.

May 20, 2022 06:57 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi friends....looking forward to the answer myself! 

May 18, 2022 09:53 PM
Alan May

Share with us, once you find it.

May 20, 2022 06:57 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I just did a quick online search for the answer and apparently it depends on who you are, where you are, what plane you're on, etc. My advice, stay on the ground till the baby is born!

May 19, 2022 04:50 AM
Alan May

depends on "who" you are?  But you ain't "nobody" 'till you're born-ded.

May 20, 2022 06:58 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alan. May have to check in with the great ponderer Michael Jacobs for some thoughts on this one. Or, hopefully you will publish the answer in the near future. Enjoy your day.

May 19, 2022 05:40 AM
Alan May

Oh, Michael!!

May 20, 2022 06:58 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Alan, as much as I've flown in my life all around the world, this is not something I've ever experienced. Your question is a good one... this inquiring mind wouldn't mind knowing the answer, as well.

May 19, 2022 09:28 AM
Alan May

I haven't flown all that much, and never (not even once) have I flown whilst pregnant.  So it's really never come up...

May 20, 2022 06:59 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Alan May you've never flown pregnant?  But I heard men could get pregnant!

May 22, 2022 11:18 AM
Alan May

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker, didn't say they couldn't... I just ain't never FLOWN whilst preggers!

May 23, 2022 06:57 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

May 21, 2022 06:43 PM
Alan May

awww, shucks.

May 23, 2022 06:57 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Alan - now you have me thinking about it.  If you find out please post the answer.

May 22, 2022 06:08 AM
Alan May

Haven't figured it out, yet.

May 23, 2022 06:57 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Alan May always enjoy your sense of humor

May 22, 2022 07:16 AM
Alan May

Was there something humourful about this post?

May 23, 2022 06:58 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Ala,

Oh my..certainly a ponder worthy situation. I wonder if the pondering King Michael Jacobs could weigh in?

May 22, 2022 07:24 AM
Alan May

Oh, Mr. Jacobs!!

May 23, 2022 06:58 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Shoot I was hoping someone knew the answer.  I've never ran into this situation.  But when I read Kathy Streib write up about your post it sure made me want to go read your post Alan! Thanks for the laugh!

May 22, 2022 11:20 AM
Alan May

Kathy has that ability, don't she?

May 23, 2022 06:59 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Maybe they will be factual with the place of birth and put down the seat or row number

May 22, 2022 06:48 PM
Alan May

Now, that would be funny.

May 23, 2022 06:59 AM
Wendy Rulnick

Ha ha, Ed Silva !!

May 23, 2022 12:05 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’m always about it that way! I totally agree! Hopefully we can all get to a good place and have a great rest of the year because of it

May 23, 2022 08:45 PM
Alan May

"I'm always about it that way?"  What does that mean?

May 24, 2022 04:57 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Interesting question to ponder. What happens when a child is born on a flight or a ship crossing the ocean in International Waters? I might suspect it would be the ship line ownership.

May 24, 2022 08:06 AM
Alan May

ahh... an extension of the original question, but a good one.  And let's make it even more interesting Leanne Smith, what if you're flying on an international carrier (let's say Emirates airlines, for example)... what then?

May 24, 2022 11:30 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This definitely sounds like a riddle from a magazine or something like that but a little bit more interesting. Great post

May 24, 2022 06:04 PM