JFK Flight Quarantined at Airport as 100 Passengers Fall Ill

Emirates Dubai New York plane with sick passengers quarantined at JFK

Emirates Dubai New York plane with sick passengers quarantined at JFK

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey confirmed that Emirates flight 203 landed at 9:12 am (1312 GMT) "with a report of multiple sick passengers".

Emirates initially said at least 10 passengers had unspecified illnesses on the flight, but it is unclear why there was a wide disparity in numbers.

Bloomberg reported Emirates Flight 203 landed in NY around 9:10 a.m. ET where it was sent to a staging area set up by Port Authority and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials.

Emirates airline said on Wednesday that 10 passengers were taken ill on a flight to NY to Dubai.

Airport officials held the plane for several hours so that the ill passengers could be attended by local health authorities.

Aerial images showed passengers disembarking the plane shortly after. "The safety & care of our customers is our first priority", the statement said.

"All we have been told is that there are some sick passengers and that we need to remain on board", Cohen told Reuters via Twitter messaging. Passenger Erin Sykes posted video of officials wearing masks and gloves taking the temperature of passengers on the tarmac.

Air cabin crew members and emergency services are seen leaving plane after passengers were taken ill on Emirates flight | Larry Coben  via REUTERS
Air cabin crew members and emergency services are seen leaving plane after passengers were taken ill on Emirates flight | Larry Coben via REUTERS

Public health officials, including those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Port Authority, were at the scene and treating passengers who reportedly had fevers of more than 100 degrees and were coughing and vomiting.

According to Phillips, the sick passengers are headed to the hospital.

A traveler in the business section of the aircraft, Raghida Dergham, said in an interview that sick passengers were in a "lower level" economy section of the plane.

Flight started in Dubai and stopped in Mecca, which is experiencing a flu outbreak. "Symptoms still pointing to the flu", he tweeted.

Passengers who were not ill were allowed to continue with their travel plans, he said.

Diala Makki was on the aircraft when she learned from flight crew that a number of people had become sick.

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