U.S. flight held as passenger jokes ‘I have Ebola’
Emergency response teams boarded a U.S. Airways aircraft in the Dominican Republic
Emergency response teams boarded a U.S. Airways aircraft in the Dominican Republic after a passenger joked, “I have Ebola! You are all screwed.”
Medical personnel dressed in protective suits boarded the aircraft at Punta Cana airport and led the 54-year-old passenger off the plane. The man was escorted away saying “I ain’t from Africa. S***.”
After an investigation, Dominican authorities said that they were satisfied the passenger did not have the Ebola virus.
According to The Independent, Paola Rainieri, a communications executive at Grupo Punta Cana which owns the airport, said that the comment was a “joke of poor taste.”
“We don’t know why he did it, but he thought it would be a cute joke that would not be so serious. Thankfully it was only a scare.”
Walter Zemialkowski, director of operations at the airport, said the passenger will be submitted to further checks.
“He will be returned to the United States, where he will be submitted to another rigorous check.”
The plane, with more than 200 passengers, was kept in isolation for two hours.
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