12 sick passengers held from two American Airline flights in Philadelphia

Tabitha Dunn
September 7, 2018

Emirates flight 203, a double-deck Airbus A380 carrying about 500 passengers, landed shortly after 9:00am, according to an airline spokeswoman.

The pilot reported that two male passengers have extremely high fevers and about 100 passengers are "coughing non-stop", according to ABC News.

But the fact that so many people became ill during the flight would make MERS seem an unlikely cause.

The airline said about 10 passengers were sick and were getting medical attention 'as a precaution'. There were 521 passengers on board Flight EK203, the CDC said. "That did not happen this time".

Vanilla Ice also said via Twitter that "there [were] over 100 people sick on the bottom floor, so happy I'm up top, it's a double-decker plane 380". Images of the plane shared by media and Twitter users show it in a standing area, away from any terminal, surrounded by ambulances and police.

Earlier, Dubai-based Emirates said in a statement that 10 passengers "were taken ill" on the flight from the Middle Eastern country and were transported to a hospital.

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After spending about an hour or more on the tarmac, everyone on the flight filled out CDC paperwork, deplaned individually, and allowed medical personnel to take their temperatures.

All other passengers would disembark shortly, it added.

The plane, a double-deck Airbus 380, was taken to a location away from the terminal so emergency officials could evaluate the situation, Port Authority of NY and New Jersey officials said in a statement.

American Airlines told CBS News the planes were not quarantined, no medical was called to meet the plane and that it wasn't until the passengers deplaned that some complained of feeling ill.

CDC officials said people who were healthy are being released.

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