Dozens of passengers on Emirates plane suddenly fall ill mid-flight

Dozens of passengers on Emirates plane suddenly fall ill mid-flight

The plane was quarantined at JFK airport as those on board were checked by health officials.

An Emirates airline flight from Dubai was quarantined at New York's John F Kennedy global airport on Wednesday morning after as many as 100 passengers and crew reported feeling ill, authorities said.

The Emirates flight from Dubai landed around 9 a.m.

A plane from Dubai has been quarantined in NY amid reports that multiple passengers were sick, officials said Wednesday.

Emirates flight 203, a double-deck Airbus A388 carrying about 500 passengers, landed shortly after 9am local time (2pm Irish time), according to an airline spokeswoman. "All other passengers will be disembarking shortly".

"I asked the (flight attendant) for a mask before we even took off, but there was none available", one passenger told CNN. The plane had stopped in Mecca, where there's a flu outbreak, Fox News reported.

Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, used Facebook to post a video of the emergency response to an initial report that dozens of people could be sick.

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Ten people were hospitalized, and another nine were deemed ill but declined medical attention.

The rapper, who was on board a double-decker flight, said there were "100 people sick on the bottom floor" of the plane.

"CDC public health officers are working with port authority, EMS, and CBP officials to evaluate passengers including taking temperatures and making arrangements for transport to local hospitals for those that need care", the CDC added in its statement.

New York City press secretary Eric Phillips wrote in a tweet at 11:30 a.m. that "432 now off and cleared", referring to the passengers.

A CDC rep told the magazine that they received reports of a plane with "passengers, including crew members, complaining of illness including cough, fever, and symptoms of gastrointestinal illness".

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey did not immediately respond to an AFP request to comment.

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