Woman Forced To Take Pregnancy Test Before Flight On Hong Kong Airlines
HONG KONG AIRLINES – A Japanese woman was forced to take a pregnancy test before allowing her on a flight to a pacific island occupied by the United States.
Midori Nishida, 25, was escorted by airport authorities to a public toilet at the Hong Kong airport. She was then told to urinate on a pregnancy strip before she was granted permission to board her flight.
Nishida was about to go to the US territory of Saipan. There have been hundreds of accounts of women going to the island to give birth and ensure US citizenship for their babies.
According to a report from Philstar, Nishida declared in a questionnaire that she wasn’t pregnant. However, airline staff requested her to take a fit-to-fly assessment.
This was designed for women with body size or shape that resembles a pregnant woman. But, to the airline’s surprise, the test came back negative.
As per the report, the incident humiliated Nishida. She explained that she grew up in Saipan and her family had been living there for more than 20 years.
After their assessment, the airlines immediately apologized to Nishida. When contacted by reporters, they said that the practice has been discontinued.
We have immediately suspended the practice while we review it. We’d like to apologize for the distress causedHong Kong Airlines
The airlines explained that it had taken action on flights to Saipan since February of 2019. This was to help ensure US immigration laws were not being manipulated in response to growing concerns by the island’s authorities.
Saipan is a popular destination for women who want to ensure they give birth on US soil. This is done to ensure American citizenship for their child.
In 2018, there were a recorded 600 babies born to tourists in the Northern Mariana Islands. This was located north of Guam and is also a US territory.
More concerning is that the number of born babies is hight that of the locals. Based on data from the local health authorities, of that number, 575 were born to Chinese mothers.
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