Emirates Flight 203, which originated in Dubai, was carrying greater than 500 passengers and landed round 9:06 a.m. ET, a supply stated.
“I requested the (flight attendant) for a masks earlier than we even took off, however there was none accessible,” passenger Erin Sykes advised CNN from the aircraft. “It was so apparent that a lot of individuals have been sick properly earlier than takeoff.”
The nonstop flight was a easy one, Sykes stated, so she did not consider the illnesses have been associated to turbulence or air illness.
“Folks have been coughing the entire time. Now some individuals have fevers over 100,” she stated. “They need to by no means had been allowed to board.”
Whereas the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and a supply with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey stated as many as 100 passengers reported feeling sick, the airline stated solely about 10 passengers had “taken sick.”
“As a precaution, they have been instantly checked by native well being authorities and people needing medical consideration might be attended to,” Emirates stated in a press release. “All different passengers might be disembarking shortly.”
Seven crew members and 5 passengers have been taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Middle, a Port Authority supply stated. Different passengers are nonetheless being evaluated, the supply stated.
Passenger Larry Coben declined to talk to the media, however his tweets documented ambulances converging on the tarmac after the aircraft landed, CDC types that passengers have been requested to finish, passengers disembarking and having their temperatures taken, and passengers then taking a bus to the terminal.
“Blissful to report that I’m via customs and on my method residence,” he tweeted simply after 11 a.m. ET.
Port Authority spokesman Scott Ladd referred inquiries to the New York State Division of Well being, however he did verify well being officers have been on the scene. Well being division officers couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
The aircraft was taken to a “laborious standing space,” the place paramedics and officers from the CDC have been responding to the scene, the supply stated.
The CDC stated passengers “complained of sickness together with cough and a few with fever,” and well being officers are working with native authorities to take their temperatures and transport those that are sick to a hospital.
“Passengers who aren’t sick might be allowed to proceed with their journey plans, and if mandatory might be adopted up with by well being officers,” the company stated.
CNN’s Mark Morales, Gianluca Mezzofiore and Debra Goldschmidt contributed to this report.