"At 9:12 a.m. today, Emirates Flight 203 from Dubai landed at JFK Airport with a report of multiple sick passengers". United States media initially reported that 100 passengers had been taken ill and that the jet had been quarantined.
CDC health officers worked with other agencies to evaluate passengers, including taking temperatures and making arrangements for transport to hospitals, spokesman Benjamin Haynes said.
Earlier reports claimed that the number was around 100, however an Emirates spokesperson later put that number at closer to 10.
"All passengers were screened by the local health authorities prior to disembarkation", it said.
All other passengers will be disembarking shortly. "The safety & care of our customers is our first priority", the airline posted on Twitter on September 5. A government source with knowledge of the situation said there was no evidence of security or terror issues, and USA officials believe the illness was caused by food poisoning, while passengers suggested it could have been a bad flu virus.
The plane, a double-deck Airbus 380, was taken to a location away from the terminal so emergency officials could evaluate the situation, Port Authority of NY and New Jersey officials said in a statement.
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"The Vanilla Ice Project" host said the plane had two decks and the illnesses were in the lower cabin. Their symptoms included cough and fever. The airline said the passengers were getting medical attention "as a precaution". He added that all symptoms pointed to the flu.
All the passengers are off and have been evaluated.
"They have told us people are sick but have seen no evidence", Coben, an archaeologist and founder of the Sustainable Preservation Initiative, posted on Twitter.
Larry Coben, an unconfirmed passenger on the flight, has been tweeting his experience and has since deplaned. "A couple people got ill on the plane".
The remainder of the passengers were allowed to leave and clear customs, the airline said.
Rather than ask the flight attendant, Vanilla Ice apparently searched on YouTube for more information and came across a video from an "underground world news" YouTube channel, which he linked to on Twitter.