Oct 9, 2014
As Ebola panic grips the world, a US Airways flight from Philadelphia to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, was detained after landing Wednesday after a passenger sneezed then yelled “I have Ebola, you are all screwed.”
The 54-year-old man reportedly also screamed “I have been to Africa,” according to Gawker, which cites Dominican news site Diario Libre and Fox News as its sources.
Flight 850 was boarded by men in blue HAZMAT suits, who escorted the man off the plane as nearly everyone on board shot video of the incident on their mobile phones. Passengers, which included at least one baby, were reportedly kept on the plane for two hours after landing.
Just before the hazmat team entered the plane, the flight attended tried to reassure passengers that things would look worse than they were. She also called the sneezing passenger “an idiot.”
“The director of operations of the airport in Punta Cana confirmed a medical team boarded the plane in hazmat suits and took the passenger to a separate medical health area, where he was examined and found not to have the lethal disease,” Gawker reports. “The Ministry of Public Health also confirmed the scare was a false alarm.”
The man reportedly had not been to Africa. He is being returned to the U.S., where he will be checked for Ebola a second time.
When passengers landed in Punta Cana they were told by the flight attendants that there was a situation and that a passenger may have been in Africa and had Ebola.
The attendant seemed certain it was a hoax but tdidn’t want to take any chances. A HAZMAT crew escorted the passenger off the plane.
Later it was confirmed the passenger was never in Africa and passengers were finally allowed to exit the aircrat after a two hour delay.