JetBlue flight detained at JFK airport during a potential measles scare

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A plane full of passengers of JetBlue arrival at the John F. Kennedy International Airport was quarantined on Sunday evening about the concerns of a possible measles scare.

All passengers were later approved by the medical service of the airline confirmed in a statement.

“After reports of a possible medical care on board, the flight 410 from Santo Domingo to JFK, was asked to hold for medical services out of an abundance of caution, so that a customer can be investigated,” a spokesman for JetBlue, wrote in a statement.


Officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) were alerted to the “unconfirmed medical condition” shortly before the flight landed at JFK around 9 o’clock in the evening, after leaving Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, earlier that evening.

“The passenger, who had previously been vaccinated was evaluated by EMS and cleared,” PANYNJ confirmed.

Some passengers reported that the medici, who boarded the plane shortly after landing, evaluated of a minor, once on board.

“A kind of medic type of guy came in with a mask and a police man, probably from the port of rotterdam, with a mask looked at the boy and decided that it was probably mosquito bites,” one of the other passengers of JetBlue told WNBC.

Another JetBlue passenger, who shared images of the airline crew with the confirmation that everything is “just fine” after the scare, claimed to be the JetBlue crew was the concerned young flier possibly had the measles. The passenger also claims that JetBlue had profiled the boy, whom he claims was of the Orthodox Jewish faith.

Another JetBlue flier who took it on Twitter during the delay, confirmed that the “false alarm” tweet after the airline to ask if they would air Sunday evening, the “Game of Thrones” on the plane while everyone waited. (The carrier is not, he claims.)

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that the number of cases of measles reported in the U.S. had reached its highest point in 25 years.


“The outbreaks in New York City and the State of New York is one of the largest and most long-lasting since the elimination of measles in 2000,” the CDC added in a press release. “The longer such outbreaks continue, the greater the chance of measles will for a sustainable foothold in the United States.”

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