Yesterday, a flight that had left Dubai in the United Arab Emirates landed at JFK International Airport in the U.S. state of NY with 549 passengers and crew on board-and was promptly quarantined due to a mysterious ailment spreading throughout the cabin.
A representative for the New York City Mayor's Office has confirmed all passengers had been evaluated a few hours after landing and health officials were "processing tests to determine the cause" of the in-flight sickness. However, it remains unknown if that means all of the flight's passengers as no official confirmation has been made. All others will disembark shortly. "The safety & care of our customers is our first priority", the statement said. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the estimated number was about 100. Nine passengers underwent additional medical screening on site before being released, it added. Symptoms of the illness point to the flu.
These travelers exhibited similar symptoms to the 19 passengers, also travelling from Mecca, who were quarantined in New York Wednesday morning, according to customs officials. It's unclear how many may have become ill during their travels.
"Test results on the 10 hospitalized patients find influenza", press secretary Eric Phillips tweeted Thursday.
News broke on Wednesday that an Emirates flight was quarantined at JFK Airport, and it turns out Vanilla Ice was among those onboard.
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".
An airport source told Fox 5 News that a medical emergency happened on the plane. The A380 is the world's largest passenger aircraft.
"All we have been told is that there are some sick passengers and that we need to remain on board", Mr Cohen told Reuters via Twitter.