JetBlue bans passenger who told crew about coronavirus diagnosis after landing

A JetBlue plane is pictured on the tarmac of the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. (Reuters)

American low-cost airline JetBlue is banning a male passenger who flew from New York to Florida who notified staff that he had tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus after learning of his results after landing, according to a statement.

The man who flew out of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Wednesday said he had only learned of his test results upon arrival in West Palm Beach, Florida.

"Last night's event put our crewmembers, customers, and federal and local officials in an unsettling situation that could have easily been avoided, and as such, this customer will not be permitted to fly on JetBlue in the future," the airline said in a statement released on Thursday.

The JetBlue Flight 253 from New York to Florida had a total of 114 passengers on board.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said they immediately sanitized the areas where the passenger walked through both airports based on security camera footage, according to a report from CNN.

The United States has so far detected 1,629 cases of the coronavirus as of Friday afternoon with a total death toll of 41.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05
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