Several passengers became ill on Emirates Flight 203 from Dubai and were hospitalized in New York


The plane landed Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The flight did not go to a terminal, it was quarantined. The plane was taken to a “hard standing area,” where paramedics and officials from the CDC were responding to the scene. All passengers were screened, the airline said, and three passengers and seven crew members were transported to a hospital for treatment and evaluation. Nine others showed symptoms but refused medical treatment.While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Port Authority source said as many as 100 passengers reported feeling sick, the airline said only about 10 passengers had “taken ill.” A New York police counterterrorism division tweeted it appeared to be a “medical situation.”

Ambulances at the airport

A government source briefed on situation said there was no evidence of a security or terror issue. Emirates‘ home office told U.S. officials it believes this incident was caused by food poisoning, but passengers also suggested a nasty flu virus could also be to blame. Some passengers declared that in Dubai there were people that were obviously very sick and should not have been allowed to get on board. “Passengers who are not ill will be allowed to continue with their travel plans, and if necessary will be followed up with by health officials,” said the CDC in a statement.


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