Wednesday, 05 September 2018 14:20

Counter-Terror Unit "Monitoring" Quarantined Emirates Flight In New York After 100 Passengers Get Sick

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An Emirates plane that landed at JFK Wednesday morning has been quarantined after more than 100 of the 500 passengers on board fell ill, according to NBC 4 New York.

Emirates flight 203 from Dubai was headed to New York when at least 100 of the 500 passengers on board reported feeling ill.

The flight landed at JFK Wednesday morning about 9:10 a.m. where Port Authority Police and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were waiting  to check passengers in a staging area.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's office confirmed that the passengers had been quarantined.

One passenger posted a photo showing more roughly a dozen emergency response vehicles waiting on the runway. The passenger, Larry Coben, said passengers were warned that some people on the flight had become sick, but he said he hadn't seen any sick passengers. However, he noted that the plane contained two levels of seats.

A row of ambulances #EK203

— Larry Coben (@LarryCoben)
September 5, 2018

Ambulances approaching the plane.

— Larry Coben (@LarryCoben)
September 5, 2018

NYPD's Counter-Terrorism unit is "monitoring" the situation...

Monitoring what appears to be a medical situation at JFK airport. We are working with the Port Authority and our Federal partners.

— NYPDCounterterrorism (@NYPDCT)
September 5, 2018

Reports of the mysterious illness surfaced after a flight from New York to Florida earlier this year had to be diverted after passengers reported burning throats after being exposed to an unknown substance that reportedly smelled like "dirty socks." The plane, and its passengers, have been taken to a staging area in NYC where they await further inspection. ...

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