Emirates Plane Quarantined at JFK Airport After Passengers Fall Ill


An Emirates airline Airbus A380 superjumbo jet has been quarantined at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport after numerous passengers fell ill on a flight arriving from Dubai early Wednesday, according to local press reports. Initial reports from New York said up to 100 passengers fell ill, but a subsequent statement from Emirates put that number at just "about" 10.

In its statement, Emirates said: "Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on #EK203 from Dubai to New York were taken ill. On arrival, as a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities. All others will disembark shortly. The safety & care of our customers is our first priority."

It was not immediately clear what caused the passengers to become ill. One apparent passenger on the flight took to social media with a description from the plane. “All we have been told is that some passengers have fallen ill and we should remain in our seats,” said Larry Coben. Coben posted an image of a “row of ambulances” that met the plane at JFK. He followed with another tweet showing flight crew deplaning and walking across the tarmac toward the lineup of emergency vehicles.

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