New York counter-terrorism police have been deployed to “monitor” the quarantine of an Emirates airplane at JFK airport in New York, after 100 people fell ill during a flight from Dubai, reports said.
Emirates Airline Flight EK203 touched down in New York around 9am ET Wednesday after the pilot contacted air traffic controllers, telling them that many of his 500 passengers appeared to be sick.
He said many of the passengers suffered fevers over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 C) and several of them were coughing.
The Airbus A380 was met by rows of ambulances and police vehicles from Port Authority Police and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The aircraft was directed to a hard-stand area so that emergency medical response teams could investigate.
NYPD’s Counter-Terrorism unit said it was “monitoring” the quarantine in case the incident progressed above a medical situation and that it was working with the Port Authority and federal partners.
In a statement, Emirates confirmed that “about 10 passengers” on the Dubai to New York flight had become ill, adding that the appearance of health authorities at the scene was “a precaution.”