A passenger on a JetBlue flight traveling from New York to Florida Wednesday night tested positive for coronavirus, according to fire officials.
A medical emergency prompted the flight’s 114 passengers and crew members to be stuck on the tarmac of Palm Beach International Airport for roughly three hours. Two elderly passengers were taken off the plane around 11 p.m. wearing masks and gloves, WPBF-TV reported. The flight originated at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Flight 253 landed at PBIA around 8:30 p.m. and passengers didn’t leave the aircraft until about 11:30 p.m., the station reported.
The State Health Department in Palm Beach County said it completed its assessment of the situation and spoke to all passengers aboard the airplane, according to Fox 29.
A plane landed at PBIA tonight and declared a medical emergency. @PBCFR and @HealthyFLPBC are now on scene.
The plane came in from JFK Airport in New York.
2 elderly passengers were taken off the plane wearing masks and gloves. @WPBF25News pic.twitter.com/FkBfyTre6Y
It’s not clear how officials determined there was a coronavirus case onboard or if the infected was one of the two elderly passengers seen leaving the plane. JetBlue did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.
The remaining passengers were eventually allowed to leave the airport without seeing a doctor, the station reported.
They were told to call the health department if they had any additional medical concerns, while those who were in the vicinity of the coronavirus patient during the flight were advised of the monitoring procedures, according to Fox 29.
The passengers deplaned in a containment area that was located away from PBIA’s main terminals.
PBIA didn’t immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment
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