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Thu Jan 16, 2020, 10:50 PM

Hong Kong Express Airways sorry for making woman take pregnancy test before flight to Saipan

Source: BBC

Hong Kong Express Airways sorry for making woman take pregnancy test

16 January 2020

An airline has apologised after it forced a passenger to take a pregnancy test in order to fly from Hong Kong to a US territory in the Pacific.

Midori Nishida, 25, was flying on a Hong Kong Express Airways plane in November to the island of Saipan, part of the Northern Mariana Islands.

They have become popular for foreign women to give birth as it gives US citizenship eligibility.

The airline was trying to "ensure US immigration laws were not undermined".

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In 2018, more tourists than residents gave birth in the Northern Mariana Islands, according to the territory's data. This is thought to be heavily due to foreign women - including many from China - travelling to the territory to give birth.

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51141523

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