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Old 07-06-2008, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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An interesting question: A Canadian citizen couple, Peter and Marie decide to fly to Jamaica for a short winter vacation and Marie, who is 8 months pregnant, goes into labour as the plane flies in US airspace over Florida and delivers a baby. The pilot decides to continue to Montego Bay Jamaica since a physician is on board and it would take longer to dump fuel and make an emergency landing in Miami. The plane is an Air Jamaica plane and is flagged to Jamaica. The plane makes its landing in Jamaica and mother and baby are transported to a hospital in Monetgo Bay and the baby is given the name Issac and is given a Jamaican birth certificate signed by the American physician who delievered the baby on board the plane and the birth certificate list "place of birth" as "Miami Florida, USA". What country or countries can Issac claim to be a citizen of:

1. Canada
2. The USA
3. Jamaica
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Old 07-06-2008, 02:47 PM
 
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An interesting question: A Canadian citizen couple, Peter and Marie decide to fly to Jamaica for a short winter vacation and Marie, who is 8 months pregnant, goes into labour as the plane flies in US airspace over Florida and delivers a baby. The pilot decides to continue to Montego Bay Jamaica since a physician is on board and it would take longer to dump fuel and make an emergency landing in Miami. The plane is an Air Jamaica plane and is flagged to Jamaica. The plane makes its landing in Jamaica and mother and baby are transported to a hospital in Monetgo Bay and the baby is given the name Issac and is given a Jamaican birth certificate signed by the American physician who delievered the baby on board the plane and the birth certificate list "place of birth" as "Miami Florida, USA". What country or countries can Issac claim to be a citizen of:

1. Canada
2. The USA
3. Jamaica
He is a citizen of Bolivia.
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Old 07-06-2008, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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The correct answer is:
1. Issac IS a citizen of the United States by virtue of being born in United States airspace- as this baby was:

Is a baby born on a flight to the U.S. a U.S. citizen?

Officials say that depends.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said a child born in airspace over American territory is eligible for citizenship.

A 7-pound, 8-ounce girl was born Wednesday onboard a Mexicana Airlines flight from Guadalajara, Mexico, to Chicago. The birth took place about an hour before the plane landed at O’Hare International Airport.

The Citizenship and Immigration spokeswoman said that if the parents want to pursue citizenship for their daughter, they’ll have to file an application.

Then officials would investigate whether the child was born in Mexican airspace or over international waters.

An obstetrician on board helped with the delivery. The 42-year-old mother was traveling with her husband and two other children to visit relatives in Milwaukee.

A hospital spokeswoman said mother and daughter are doing fine.


2. Issac IS also a citizen of Canada by virture of being born to Canadian parents:

Canadian citizenship is typically obtained by birth in Canada or birth abroad when at least one parent is a Canadian citizen, or by adoption abroad by at least one Canadian citizen.
Canadian nationality law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

3. Issac IS also a citizen of Jamaica by virtue of being born on a Jamaican flagged vessel.

Almost every country in the world, as well as the United Nations, has procedures and recommendations for how to properly classify the geographic details of an in-air birth. The United Nations considers a child born in-flight to have been born in the airplane's registered country.
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Old 07-06-2008, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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An interesting question: A Canadian citizen couple, Peter and Marie decide to fly to Jamaica for a short winter vacation and Marie, who is 8 months pregnant, goes into labour as the plane flies in US airspace over Florida and delivers a baby. The pilot decides to continue to Montego Bay Jamaica since a physician is on board and it would take longer to dump fuel and make an emergency landing in Miami. The plane is an Air Jamaica plane and is flagged to Jamaica. The plane makes its landing in Jamaica and mother and baby are transported to a hospital in Monetgo Bay and the baby is given the name Issac and is given a Jamaican birth certificate signed by the American physician who delievered the baby on board the plane and the birth certificate list "place of birth" as "Miami Florida, USA". What country or countries can Issac claim to be a citizen of:

1. Canada
2. The USA
3. Jamaica
Definitely Canada; not sure if Jamaica has birthright citizenship. The 'USA' part I am not sure either since the birth did not take place on our 'soil'.
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