12 passengers fall ill flying to Philadelphia from Europe after Mecca pilgrim

Plane quarantined at Kennedy Airport amid reports of 100 ill passengers

"They said there are some passengers that are ill so we are going to go out on the runway and hang out".

A jetliner with 521 passengers aboard was grounded at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport after approximately 100 travellers reported feeling ill. "Nine passengers underwent additional medical screening at the site near the aircraft and were released afterwards", said the spokeswoman for Dubai-based Emirates.

The Press Secretary for Mayor Bill de Blasio, Eric Phillips, tweeted that the mayor received a preliminary briefing and the plane has been quarantined.

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".

Passengers and crew on two flights arriving in Philadelphia from Europe on Thursday (Sept 6) were screened by medical teams after 12 people aboard became ill with flu-like symptoms, a day after a similar outbreak on a flight from Dubai to NY.

Emergency crews waited on the tarmac as Emirates flight 203 from Dubai landed in NY at approximately 9:10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Pictures posted on social media showed ambulances lined up on the tarmac next to the A380, the largest passenger airline in the world. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the estimated number was about 100.

CDC officials said people who were healthy are being released. Passengers were required to fill out forms and have their temperature taken as they exited the plane.

The two American Airlines flights from Paris and Germany arrived at the Philadelphia airport this afternoon with ill passengers on board, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed in a statement to The Hill.

Emirates announced that the return flight to Dubai, EK204, would be delayed by approximately three hours.



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