Airline forces woman to take pregnancy test to stop ‘birth tourism’

When Midori Nishida, a Japanese citizen, checked in for her flight on Hong Kong Express bound for Saipan, a U.S. territory, the airline required that she take a pregnancy test in order to board.

On the questionnaire she was required to fill out, Nishida wrote that she wasn’t pregnant but the airline asked her to give permission to take a “fit-to-fly” assessment, which included a pregnancy test, according to the Wall Street Journal. The permission form said that the pregnancy test was for women who “have a body size or shape resembling a pregnant woman.”

“It was very humiliating and frustrating,” Nishida told the Wall Street Journal. She took the test, which was negative, and she was allowed to board the plane.

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