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An airline has apologised after staff forced a passenger to take a pregnancy test before she was allowed to board a flight to Saipan.

 

Part of the Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan has become a popular place for foreign women to give birth as it makes them eligible for US citizenship.

 

Despite already completing a questionnaire before the flight to state she was not pregnant, Midori Nishida was escorted by Hong Kong Express Airways staff to a toilet and given a strip to urinate on.

 

The tests came back negative and she was allowed to board.

 

The 25-year-old described the ordeal as "very humiliating and frustrating" and said the airline did not respond to her initial complaints.

 

The airline has now apologised.

 

"We would like to apologise unreservedly to anyone who has been affected by this," it said in a statement to NBC News.

 

 

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so if they did find a woman newly pregnant... just how long would one expect a visitor to be there on the islands? the whole 9 months? Surely an ESTA would have been required, and it would be useful to correlate time periods of visit.

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6 minutes ago, tifino said:

so if they did find a woman newly pregnant... just how long would one expect a visitor to be there on the islands? the whole 9 months? Surely an ESTA would have been required, and it would be useful to correlate time periods of visit.

 

I think the embarrassing thing here is the airline's policy to test those ladies showing a baby bump.

 

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2 hours ago, impulse said:

 

I think the embarrassing thing here is the airline's policy to test those ladies showing a baby bump.

 

One rule of dealing with people: never ask a woman if she's pregnant.

 

 

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54 minutes ago, bendejo said:

One rule of dealing with people: never ask a woman if she's pregnant.

 

It's a sticky wicket.  If the airline lets her on the plane and she's denied at immigration, the airline can be fined and they're responsible for bringing her back.  If she is close to term and immigration lets her in, they have yet another US citizen with all the issues that go along with birth tourism.  Saipan has a problem with birth tourism.   So it's a pretty good bet that immigration isn't going to ignore what looks like a baby bump, even if it's just a beer belly.

 

 

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On 1/18/2020 at 2:51 AM, impulse said:

 

I think the embarrassing thing here is the airline's policy to test those ladies showing a baby bump.

 

pragmatcism vs pregnancism  

 

 

to womb shall they believe?

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Maybe she could have got round it by joining the mile high club and getting pregnant during the flight.

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