As many as 100 passengers and crew reported feeling ill on Wednesday during an Emirates flight from Dubai to New York, and health workers were evaluating them as the airplane sat on the tarmac of JFK International Airport, authorities said.
About 100 people complained of feeling sick on Emirates Flight 203, which landed with at least 521 passengers shortly after 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement. Their symptoms included cough and fever.
Dubai-based Emirates announced earlier that 10 passengers from the Middle East were “sick” and transferred to a hospital. He did not indicate the symptoms or the nature of the complaints.
The aircraft was taken away from the terminal, so the emergency officers could assess the situation, the New York Harbor Authority and New Jersey have a statement.
The White House spokesman Sarah Sanders said they watched the situation and that President Donald Trump was being updated as new information was acquired.
According to FlightAware.com, the plane was the world’s largest passenger plane, the double-decker Airbus A388.
CDC public health officials were working with other institutions, including getting hot air to evaluate the passengers and making arrangements for transportation to the hospital. Spokesman Benjamin Haynes took his place.
He said non-sick passengers were allowed to continue their travel plans.
According to the New York City Fire Department, some sick passengers were taken to non-life-threatening conditions at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.
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