A passenger took a flight from New York to Florida moments after he learned he had had coronavirus, officials said.
The man landed at Palm Beach International Airport on JetBlue flight 253 Wednesday night – but instead of proceeding to the gate, the plane remained on the tarmac.
Passenger Scott Rodman told WPTV: ‘The person across the way from me was taken to the back of the plane. He was wearing masks and gloves. His wife was sitting in the same row as me and mentioned to others that he wasn’t feeling well.’
‘She said she had gotten a phone call with his test results right before we had taken off, implying that he had a positive test but not actually saying it.’
That passenger was later confirmed as a positive coronavirus case, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.
‘An individual on this flight got a text that he tested positive for the coronavirus,’ Dr Alina Alonso, the health director in Palm Beach County, told the passengers.
‘He has not been coughing or sneezing or anything on the plane. At this point, you’re free to walk around and move around because, most likely, you’re not going to have anything because there was no activity. The way you get this virus is somebody has to cough or sneeze on you.’
Palm Beach International airport reportedly sterilized the area where passengers deplaned, which was in a separate location from the main terminals.
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