Plane quarantined at JFK after passengers fall ill

Friday, 07 Sep, 2018

Vanilla Ice was among the passengers on a plane that was quarantined at JFK airport in NY on Wednesday and the rapper documented the scary moments on Twitter.

Three passengers and seven crew members were hospitalized for testing, nine others who reported feeling ill refused treatment.

The rapper tweeted from the top floor of Emirates Flight 203 on Wednesday and was STUNNED to see the plane swarmed by emergency trucks.

An Emirates flight from Dubai was held on the tarmac at New York's John F. Kennedy airport on Wednesday after several crew members and passengers reported feeling sick.

"The Emirates cabin crew were super helpful, they were not in panic mode, which was wonderful", Makki, a 36-year-old television host from Dubai, said outside the airport.

The plane wasn't quarantined, according to the report.

Benjamin Haynes, a spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirmed to TIME that the CDC was involved in evaluating passengers. "None of the passengers are severely ill, and they will be released and informed of test results in 24 hours", Haynes said.

Ambulances on standby as a precaution
Ambulances on standby as a precaution

"Early indications point to that as a possibility", tweeted Eric Phillips.

The Airbus A380 arrived shortly after 9am ET this morning, carrying 521 passengers, according to the New York City mayor's office.

The airline reportedly told USA authorities that food poisoning is likely to blame for the incident.

His pictures showed people having their temperatures taken with a laser device as they disembarked, and a police officer wearing a mask.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that initially about 100 people including some crew had complained of illness.

Emirates Airline did not immediately respond to Ars' request for comment or updates.

Initial reports from NBC New York said up to 100 passengers said they felt sick, with sources saying about 18 people had been taken to the hospital.