Quite possibly the worst place to get sick is on an airplane traveling across continents. Well 100 passengers and airplane crew members reportedly experienced that wrath on an Emirates airline Airbus A380 superjumbo jet traveling from Dubai to New York City, resulting in the plane being quarantined.
According to Fox News, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived on the tarmac around 9 a.m. shortly before Emirates Flight 203 landed to treat the droves of people who reported feeling sick, some with symptoms of a cough, headache, sore throat, and fever.
Eric Phillips, spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, claims that ultimately 19 were deemed “sick,” with 10 taken to the hospital and 9 refusing medical attention.
“Health officials are processing tests now to determine the cause,” Phillips tweeted. “Symptoms still pointing to the flu.”
Rapper Vanilla Ice was on the Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft, and tweeted out the scene before all details were made clear.
Emirates posted a series of tweets apologizing for its role in carrying the mystery illness.
What still remains unanswered is whether the sickness was due to a bacteria or toxin or virus that passengers were exposed to on the plane. We’ll keep you posted when more information becomes available.