Emirates Flight Lands At JFK Airport With 'Dozens' Of Sick Passengers

Emirates Flight Lands At JFK Airport With 'Dozens' Of Sick Passengers

The Centers for Disease Control is on scene at John F. Kennedy International Airport outside New York City, after a "dozen" passengers on an Emirates Air flight reportedly fell ill with high fevers.

Makki, a television host from Dubai, said she got "just a little bit scared" through the entire experience and was aware of reports of 100 people sick. "Isn't it your obligation to solve it?" one Twitter user wrote.

Initial reports claimed 100 passengers had fallen ill during the flight from Dubai to NYC, but the airline later told People that only about 10 individuals were affected.

A view from aboard the Emirates flight Wednesday morning where several passengers reported feeling ill. Nine people refused medical attention at the airport.

Coben tweeted that passengers were eventually allowed to leave the plane.

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The New York Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau said they were monitoring a "medical situation" at the airport.

Rapper and reality TV star Vanilla Ice's first class status saved him from a potentially deadly virus on-board a plane bound for NY on Wednesday. "All others will disembark shortly".

The sick passengers had symptoms that included cough and fever.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is "aware" of the flight with "some passengers who are reporting an unspecified illness". Symptoms of the illness point to the flu. It was a direct flight from Dubai and did not make a stop in Mecca as the NY mayor's office erroneously reported earlier. However, it remains unknown if that means all of the flight's passengers as no official confirmation has been made.

"On arrival, as a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities", the airline said. "Passengers who are not ill will be allowed to continue with their travel plans, and if necessary will be followed up with by health officials", added the representative.

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