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A JetBlue passenger who was flying from New York to Florida, while awaiting the results of the test for the COVID-19 and has been banned from flying the airline for life.
The news comes after JetBlue Flight 253, who arrived at Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA) on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m, will be held on the tarmac for three hours while the medical staff helped with the removal of two of the elderly passengers. The rest of the flight, the 112 passengers were eventually allowed to leave the plane at 11:30 am.
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JetBlue later said that one of the passengers on the aircraft had been previously tested for the corona virus, and he had been on board the flight, knowing full well that he was awaiting the results. Health and fire officials say the passenger, and the test came back positive, but it is not clear exactly when the passenger learned of the COVID-19 in the diagnosis.
“Last night’s event, our employees, our customers, as well as federal and local officials are in a distressing situation that can easily be avoided, and, as such, it is the client is not allowed to fly on JetBlue in the future,” the airline stated.
Another passenger on the flight, told CNBC that the passenger has learned that he was infected with the corona virus through a text message while it is still on the run, and was heard to speak of the diagnosis by a member of the crew. JetBlue, however, does not tell you exactly what they were at the height of the situation.
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In a statement shared with Fox News, JetBlue confirmed that a passenger had been prohibited from flying with the airline in the future.”
“The health and safety of our members and customers is our number one priority. In reviewing the events of last night, we decided to have the customer on board of our flight, knowing full well that he was awaiting the results of a corona virus test, without disclosing it to anyone at JetBlue,” the airline wrote in a statement.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance, and we ask that all customers who are not feeling well, those who believe that they can have the corona virus, or who are awaiting the results of the test in order to avoid travelling until they are cleared by a medical professional,” the follow-up.
“Last night’s event, our employees, our customers, as well as federal and local officials are in a distressing situation that can easily be avoided, and, as such, it is the client is not allowed to fly on JetBlue in the future.”
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The CDC currently says the risk of the infection spreading in the aircraft’s “low”, and “the majority of viruses, and other germs are spread easily through the ventilation systems in the aircraft. Nevertheless, passengers should continue to be careful to avoid contact with anyone exhibiting the symptoms, and wash or sanitize your hands often, according to the CDC guidelines.
The experts also shared tips for travelers who wish to disinfect their aircraft seats and in the personal area to the air.