JFK Flight Quarantined at Airport as 100 Passengers Fall Ill

Plane quarantined at Kennedy Airport amid reports of 100 ill passengers

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

Emirates Airline has confirmed that "about 10 passengers" have fallen ill from an unidentified illness on flight 203, direct from Dubai to John F. Kennedy Airport in NY, where the plane is now being held under quarantine. Of those passengers, 10 were transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center while the other nine sick travellers refused medical attention, Phillips said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had been briefed on the incident, his spokesman Eric Phillips wrote on Twitter.

Separately, health officials in Houston said they were looking into a case of a person with measles possibly exposing others to the virus during a flight connection at that city's Hobby Airport on Aug 21 and 22.

Initial reports from NBC New York said up to 100 passengers said they felt sick, with sources saying about 18 people had been taken to the hospital.

A commercial jet from Dubai prompted a large-scale emergency response at New York's Kennedy Airport on Wednesday after a pilot reported that several passengers and crew members were complaining about having a flu-like illness.

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"When they were standing in line to board, people were coughing", she said.

Rapper Vanilla Ice said on Twitter that his flight from Dubai was delayed on the runway at JFK.

Photos from passengers show rows of ambulances and firetrucks on the tarmac.

Emergency Service Unit officers from the Port Authority Police Department and the NYPD joined personnel from the FDNY, the Office of Emergency Management and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As Gothamist writer Jake Offenhartz noted, though, Mr. Ice in fact probably arrived on a later Emirates Airlines flight that was scheduled to land at 2:15 p.m.


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