International flight lands in New York with multiple sick passengers on boardSeptember 5, 2018
An Emirates flight from Dubai has landed in New York with numerous sick passengers on board, NBC New York reports. The passengers got sick overnight, but it’s not clear what condition they are in or what caused the sickness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating.
About 500 people were on board Emirates flight EK 203, which landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport around 9AM ET. CDC officials and police were waiting at JFK to check on the sick passengers, and the plane was moved away from the terminal to a hardstand area. According to the pilot, passengers are coughing and have fevers over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 degrees Celsius), reported WABC-TV.
At first, NBC New York reported that 100 people fell ill on the plane. But Emirates Airline tweeted a statement that about 10 passengers were sick. “On arrival, as a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities,” the airline says. “All others will disembark shortly.”
The mayor’s office confirmed via Twitter that the plane has been quarantined and the CDC is investigating. In a statement emailed to The Verge, the CDC says that it’s “aware of an Emirates flight from Saudi Arabia arriving at JFK this morning with some passengers who are reporting an unspecified illness. CDC is working with local authorities to investigate.”