Abu Dhabi - Emirates Airlines announced confirming that all passengers Who were on its flight EK 203 had been screened by the local health authorities after their disembarkation.
"Emirates can confirm that all passengers have disembarked from flight EK 203. All passengers were screened by the local health authorities prior to disembarkation and 3 passengers and 7 crew were transferred to the hospital for further medical care and evaluation. Nine passengers underwent additional medical screening at the site near the aircraft and were released afterwards”, it said in a statement.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in an earlier statement that about 100 people complained of feeling sick on Emirates Flight EK203, which landed with at least 521 passengers shortly after 9am EDT (1300 GMT) at John F Kennedy International Airport. Their symptoms included cough and fever.
The airline said that the other passengers had then been allowed to leave and clear customs.
The crew and onground staff cooperate with the authorities during the onboard screenings and the aircraft has now been handed back to Emirates.
Due to the delay with the inbound flight, the return flight EK204 from JFK to Dubai had been delayed by approximately 3 hours.
“Passengers with connecting flights in Dubai who are impacted by the delay will be assisted with re-bookings by our local ground staff”, the airline announced