Passengers arriving at United States airport report illness after flights from Europe

Kenny Grant
September 9, 2018

"Nine passengers underwent additional medical screening at the site near the aircraft and were released afterwards", said the spokeswoman for Dubai-based Emirates.

Vanilla Ice was one of more than 500 passengers aboard a double-decker plane from Dubai to JFK that had to be quarantined after more than 100 passengers fell ill.

Phillips was among the first to suggest that the patients' symptoms were "pointing to the flu".

Ten people have tested positive for influenza after being hospitalized when their plane landed at Kennedy Airport, the mayor's office announced Thursday.

Emirates Flight 203, which originated in Dubai, was carrying more than 500 passengers and landed around 9:06 a.m. ET, a source with the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey said.

In the statement, the airline said it could confirm that "about 10 passengers" on the flight were taken ill.

No other flights or airport operations were affected, Gerace added.

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Later Eric Phillips, spokesman for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, confirmed that the sick people were on their way to hospital.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is evaluating ill passengers aboard two global flights that arrived in Philadelphia from Paris and Germany Thursday afternoon, a CDC official said.

Port Authority police also waited in a staging area along with the CDC officials.

They added that "local health authorities" were tending to the passengers. Several passengers on the flights into Philadelphia were reportedly returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where a flu outbreak is ongoing.

Coben tweeted that passengers were eventually allowed to leave the plane.

American Airlines did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment.

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