Baby overheats on United Airlines plane

Kristine Tarbert

There’s nothing worse than being stuck on a delayed plane with no way of getting out.

Now imagine you have a child with you and the temperature inside the cabin starts rising.

That’s exactly what happened to Colorado mum Emily France, who was stuck on a United Airlines plane for two hours with her four-month-old son Owen.

The United Airlines plane was stuck on the tarmac during a heatwave. Photo: Getty

While waiting to take off, her baby began seriously overheating because cabin temperatures allegedly hit 32C as the plane sat on the tarmac in Denver during a heatwave.

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Despite her efforts to keep little Owen cool with baby wipes and ice, and cabin crew opening the door for her, an ambulance had to be called – but it didn’t arrive for another 30 minutes.

Emily frantically tries to keep Owen cool. Photo: Maria De Los Angeles Baida

“His whole body flashed red and his eyes rolled back in his head and he was screaming,” Emily old The Denver Post.

“And then he went limp in my arms. It was the worst moment of my life.”

Emily is now calling for airlines to allow passengers to leave delayed aircraft that become unbearably hot.

United Airlines has apologised for the incident. Photo: Getty

Since the incident a a United Airlines spokesman said: "This should never have happened.

"We are profoundly sorry to our customer and her child for the experience they endured. We are actively looking into what happened to prevent this from occurring again."

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