Man Shouts ‘I Have Ebola’ On Flight; Plane Isolated For More Than An Hour
The man, who was traveling to the Dominican Republic, was coughing on the flight, but thought it would be funny to shout that he has Ebola shortly before the plae landed.
The shout caused major concern and panic among passengers and crew because of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has claimed nearly 4,000 lives.
Once the plane landed at Punta Cana International Airport, precautions were taken quickly to ensure the safety of the travelers.
Emergency personnel wearing blue hazmat suits boarded the plane and the passenger was taken to the airport’s medical center for tests.
The passenger, who officials have only identified as a man from North America, was reportedly coughing during the flight. Medics verified that the passenger did not have a fever – a key early symptom of Ebola.
While airport officials would not identify the passenger, a video taken from the plane and posted online shows emergency personnel escorting an African-American man off the flight as the rest of the plane watches.
In the video, he is heard saying, “I ain’t from Africa.”