Reportedly, a Saudi Airlines jet was forced to turn around when a mother left her baby in the terminal.
Gulf News reported that the plane was bound for Kuala Lumpur when the mother asked that she be reunited with her child.
Audio seems to capture the pilot requesting permission from air traffic controllers to return to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The clip has gone viral on social media and has been widely reported. In the said clip, the pilot is heard asking air traffic control employee: “May God be with us. Can we come back or what?”
After noting the flight number, SV832, the operator asks one of his colleagues regarding the protocol that they should follow, if one even exists for the particular case.
The pilot added: “This flight is requesting to come back … a passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing.”
When air traffic control urged the pilot to confirm the story, he answered: “We told you, a passenger left her baby in the terminal and refuses to continue the flight.”
The operator then gave them permission to turn the flight back around to return to King Abdul Aziz International Airport.
He stated: “Okay, head back to the gate. This is totally a new one for us!”
The incident is noted to have taken place last Saturday evening.
Flight radar websites recorded a delay of 54 minutes to the normally punctual flight, however, they do not disclose whether it had to turn around in mid-air or whether the plane was preparing for takeoff when the apparent decision to return to the terminal was made.
The circumstances under which the mother left her baby at the terminal are also not yet clear.
Fahad M. Al Barrak, a Saudi Twitter user who shared the original audio of the incident, said that the mother had not simply left her baby alone at the terminal.
He instead insists that the baby had been left with its sister who had embarked the wrong bus at the terminal and had missed the flight.
Al Barrak claimed that when the mother realised the pair had not made the flight, she requested that the plane turn around.