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Align stuff in Hong Kong have told women she couldn't fly if she was pregnant and made her take a test to prove that she wasn't expecting a baby they weren't concerned for her health they were on the lookout for what is called birth tourism the woman concerned complained to the allied has now apologized I got the details from Jonathan savage their name is maturing as she does she's twenty five and she was traveling as you see from Hong Kong to Saipan an island in the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean that's where she grew up she was told she had been randomly selected to take off fit to fly assessment okay she thought until she realized that assessment included a pregnancy test so why does it include pregnancy test was not because being pregnant in itself is a danger on board an aircraft with a healthy pregnancy is consider save up to the thirty sixth week the reason was the destination the Northern Mariana Islands are United States territory any baby born there is all automatically entitled to be a US citizen missing she that was escorted to a washroom I was told she wouldn't be allowed to board the plane unless you could prove she wasn't pregnant indeed she was not pregnant and what's her reaction to all this she was mortified she told the Wall Street journal that it was very humiliating of restricting adding the the airline indicated the test was for women who appear to have a body size or shape resembling a pregnant woman at home call expresses the airline they've apologized they said they were under pressure from authorities in Saipan to in their words help ensure US immigration laws we're not being undermined but the airline says it has suspended the practice of requiring pregnancy test while the review it Saipan and the the Northern Mariana Islands as a whole and they can sit at bus towards him to be a particular problem this way in twenty eighteen one thousand and seventy four babies were born in the Northern Mariana Islands five hundred and eighty two most of those were born to visitors only four hundred ninety two to residents most of those visitors were Chinese incidentally in fact in twenty seventeen it was a Wall Street journal headline which called Saipan the island for Chinese mothers deliver American babies and there's no law banning tourists from entering the U. S. for the president the president trump has called the birthright to citizenship frankly ridiculous and he wants to do away with it but is enshrined in the constitution so it's unlikely that's gonna happen the islands however have taken some action they've limited visa free entry for Chinese citizens to fourteen days before October it was forty five days and then the US has also in the past arrested people suspected of organizing specific birth tourism trips for conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and visa for John savage