Plane Quarantined by CDC After 25 Passengers Fall Ill Mid-Flight

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Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Canada to Texas were “quarantined” on the runway after dozens of people fell suddenly ill during the flight.

A total of 25 passengers got sick mid-flight on Friday en route from Vancouver to Houston, exhibiting symptoms of nausea and discomfort, according to the Houston Fire Department.

Passenger James Snell told KPRC-TV that the passengers who were ill had all vacationed on the same Celebrity Cruises ship.

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“About an hour and a half before we hit Houston, they ask for if you’ve been on this cruise ship, could you raise your hand,” Snell said, recounting that about 75 passengers were on the cruise where a norovirus outbreak had occurred.

“All of a sudden, the flight attendant, she put on a mask, and the guy next to me is like, ‘What do you think’s going on?'” Snell said.

“I’m like, ‘Bro, I don’t know. You know? I mean, COVID, we’re all going to die.’ You know what I mean,” he recalled.

Snell said the plane was met by fire trucks and ambulances on the runway and most passengers were held in the cabin for 45 minutes. Three passengers were removed from the plane immediately but not taken to the hospital.

He added that things began to take a strange turn when the pilot made an announcement over the intercom.

“The pilot not only made an announcement over the speaker, but he also came out to speak to us personally, saying, ‘In my 25 years of flying, I’ve never encountered anything like this. We are now under quarantine by the CDC,'” Snell recalled.

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“‘No one is allowed to disembark until we are cleared by the CDC,'” he continued.

According to a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health officials from the department’s Houston Port Health Station worked with EMS to evaluate ill passengers on board.

They found that passengers only exhibited “mild GI symptoms” and no fever.

“No passengers met CDC criteria for further public health follow-up,” the CDC wrote. “Passengers from the flight continued with their travel plans.”

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