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Plane quarantined at JFK airport after passengers report feeling ill

Other passengers are now being allowed to disembark and are having their temperatures taken.

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A PLANE WAS quarantined at New York’s Kennedy Airport amid reports of numerous ill passengers aboard a flight from Dubai.

There were conflicting reports about how many people were sick aboard the Emirates flight, which landed around 9.10am local time (2pm Irish time)

The airline says about 10 passengers were ill and got medical attention “as a precaution.”

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 100 of the 520 people aboard the plane were being evaluated after complaining of illness, including cough and fever.

Video from news helicopters showed the jet sitting on the tarmac surrounded by ambulances, vehicles and airport personnel.

Passengers were exiting the plane with their luggage and getting on to buses.

A New York police counterterrorism division tweeted it appeared to be a “medical situation.”

A passenger on the plane tweeted that a dozen ambulances and police cars met the flight at the airport. He said passengers had been told that people on the two-floor plane were ill.

He said passengers were allowed to get off the plane and had their temperatures taken.

They were then taken to the terminal and were allowed to make their way through customs.

- With reporting by Michelle Hennessy


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