Ten passengers were recalled from a quarantined Emirates flight that had rapper Vanilla Ice on board at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Wednesday morning.
"So I just landed from Dubai and now there are like tons of ambulances, fire trucks and policemen everywhere," Vanilla Ice tweeted after his plane landed.
The A380 double-decker, traveling from Dubai to New York City, landed at the Queens airport on Wednesday morning shortly after 9 a.m.
Initial reports indicated that up to 100 passengers became ill, but an Emirates statement said that number is only 10.
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Rapper Vanilla Ice was aboard the Emirates flight that had to be quarantined on Wednesday morning after several passengers became ill
The rapper (pictured in April), whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, followed that tweet with a second who expressed relief that he was not at the same level as the sick passengers.
The rapper, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, followed that tweet with a second that expressed his relief of not being at the same level as the sick passengers.
This is crazy. Apparently there are more than 100 sick people on the lower floor, so happy to be up, it's a 380-story double-decker, he tweeted.
Shortly after the reports of 100 people who fell ill on the plane made their rounds on the Internet, Emirates issued a statement on Twitter stating that only 10 people had been treated.
"Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers in the EK203 number from Dubai to New York became ill," the statement said.
"When they arrived, as a precautionary measure, they were taken care of by the local health authorities, and everyone else will disembark shortly.
"The safety and care of our customers is our first priority," the airline wrote.
Initial reports indicated that up to 100 passengers became ill with 100-degree fevers, but an Emirates statement put that number at only 10
The statement (pictured) was shared by Emirates on Twitter stating that only 10 people had been treated
A request from DailyMail.com to comment on Emirates was not returned immediately to clarify that discrepancy.
But apparently, dozens of passengers reported feeling bad, but only 10 were taken to the hospital.
A spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio later confirmed that 10 people were hospitalized and another eight were treated at the airport.
Airport officials said Emirates flight 203 was carrying 500 passengers when some of them reported feeling sick.
The pilot expressed concern to air traffic controllers that many of his passengers appeared to be sick with fevers of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit and several of them were coughing.
Passengers shared photos from inside the plane as they prepared to disembark
Photos showed Port Authority Police officers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention waiting in a parking area to check passengers after landing
The video of the news helicopters showed the jet sitting on the asphalt surrounded by ambulances, vehicles and airport personnel.
The photos showed officials from the Port Authority Police and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention waiting in a parking area to check passengers after landing.
The passengers left the plane with their luggage and got on buses. Some even shared photos from inside the plane as they prepared to disembark.
Some passengers also tweeted about the flight.
Larry Coben, who said he was aboard the plane, wrote on Twitter that passengers are being asked to complete a form of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and that the CDC staff has boarded the plane.
He also shared photos of passengers getting their temperatures taken. & # 39; Dispatching and taking the temperature taken, & # 39; Coben tweeted.
Some passengers also tweeted about the flight. Larry Coben wrote on Twitter that passengers were being asked to fill out a form from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (pictured)
He also shared photos of the passengers (left and right) measuring the temperatures when they got off the plane.
A passenger called the flight the "worst" there was in a tweet
Some sick passengers were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center under conditions that are not life-threatening, according to a spokesman for the New York City Fire Department.
CDC public health officials were working with other agencies to evaluate passengers, including taking temperatures and making arrangements for transportation to hospitals, said spokesman Benjamin Haynes in the statement.
Passengers who were not sick were able to continue with their travel plans, Haynes added.
Another passenger, Erin Sykes, tweeted: @emirates the worst flight from Dubai to New York; the plane was basically a flying hell [sic]. & # 39;
"Many of these people should never have been allowed to address them." Now, sitting on the ground after 14 hours of flight, can not leave. @EmiratesSupport #emirates #worstairline, added the woman.
In an interview, Sykes said he saw some passengers who were taken off the plane for medical attention, but added that "many, many," others showed signs of illness.
Cough very intense. Violently ill Go to the bathroom a lot, "he said when asked to describe the scene.
The passenger, Raghida Dergham, who was sitting in the commercial section of the plane, said in an interview that sick passengers were in a "low-level" economic section of the plane.
& # 39; I feel great. I feel good, "he said." No one was alarmed … He handled himself very well. "
But others said they suspected some passengers were sick before boarding the plane and that the airline should have done more to protect others.
& # 39; Why did they allow them on the flight? … I sat with them for 13 hours. If it is a virus, we are all getting sick, "said Srinivasa Rao.
The passenger, Raghida Dergham (right), said she was sitting in the business section of the plane and that the situation was "handled very well". But the passenger, Srinivasa Rao (left), said the airline should have done more to protect its non-sick passengers.
The aircraft (pictured) was taken to a location away from the terminal so emergency officials could assess the situation, officials with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a statement.
It is unclear what caused the high fever and cough, and health officials are still investigating.
But fears abound that sick passengers may have contracted MERS, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which Saudi Arabia has been battling to control since 2012.
MERS has been singled out by the world health authorities as the most worrisome virus at this time because it is notoriously resistant to antibiotics.
Laurie Garrett, author of The Coming Plague and Ebola: Story Of An Outbreak, told DailyMail.com that it is unlikely, according to the symptoms reported so far.
CDC officials say the cases involve fever, cough and flu-like symptoms.
According to Garrett, the biggest concern for doctors to keep in mind is respiratory symptoms.
It is also unlikely that MERS can attack so many so quickly, says Amesh Adalja, MD.
He said it would be "strange to have so many people probably at random that they get sick at the same time because of an infection."
The plane was moved to a location away from the terminal so emergency officials could assess the situation, officials with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a statement.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said they were monitoring the situation and that President Donald Trump was updating as new information became available.