Passengers who were trapped on a quarantined Emirates flight at New York's John F Kennedy Airport with sick travelers are outraged. The staff did not stop the sick when boarding the plane.
Several passengers spoke Wednesday criticizing the plane for not doing more to protect healthy travelers.
"It was obvious and audible that people were really sick," said Erin Sykes, a fitness and health expert at Battery Park. "What I heard was mainly coughing, very violent, violent, deep coughing, phlegm, just disgusting."
Sykes said he noticed passengers were coughing violently as they lined up to board flight 203 in Dubai, where it took off. The plane landed at JFK in Queens around Wednesday morning and was quarantined immediately after the pilot radioed that several passengers became ill.
A passenger was seen transported on a stretcher by paramedics to an ambulance
The woman was completely covered with blankets and wearing a face mask
A passenger shared photos of the passengers (left and right) measuring the temperature when they got off the plane
"They should never have left those people on the plane," Sykes said in an interview with several media outlets. "They do not let a drunk person on the plane, they should not let sick people get on the plane."
She added: "Then we saw many people using the bathroom for an extended period." The toilets could not be used until the end.
Muntaz Alli, who traveled to New York to visit his family, said he also noticed that "enough passengers" showed signs that they were sick before the plane took off. He said that the guy sitting next to him on the lower level had been coughing during the flight.
"I knew something was wrong with him," Alli said.
Alli told the media that the flight departed on time, but about thirty minutes before arriving at JFK, the pilot announced that he had "some sick people on board."
"It was not alarming on the flight until half an hour before starting to descend, because we did not know what was happening," he said. "Before that, it was a normal flight."
Emirates has not yet returned the DailyMail.com request to comment on its policy, allowing sick passengers to board a plane.
Eric Phillips, the city press secretary, tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that the Emirates flight was a direct flight from Dubai, but that many passengers had traveled from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, before boarding in Dubai.
He said about 19 passengers were sick. 10 were taken to the hospital and nine refused medical attention.
Erin Sykes closed the plane saying that sick passengers should not have been allowed to board the flight in Dubai
The first to respond (in the image) were waiting on the runway for the plane to arrive at the airport
Photos showed Port Authority Police officers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention waiting in a parking area to check passengers after landing
Passengers shared photos from inside the plane as they prepared to disembark
Town hall spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted on Wednesday that early reports indicate the disease was due to an outbreak of flu
The New York Post reported that approximately 90 passengers, some of whom had cough and fever, were evaluated on the plane by medical personnel. Among the 10 hospitalized, the outlet informs that seven of them were members of the crew.
Phillips said in a tweet that early reports indicate that the cause of the illness was due to an outbreak of flu.
& # 39; All passengers are outside and have been evaluated. 19 patients 10 to the hospital and 9 refused to receive medical attention, "he tweeted shortly after 11:30 am" Health officials are now processing tests to determine the cause. "Symptoms still point to flu & # 39; 39;
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.
Rapper Vanilla Ice was on the Emirates flight, but he tweeted that he was sitting on the top level of the two-story plane and that it was fine.
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.
Larry Coben, who said he was on board the plane, wrote on Twitter that passengers had to fill out a form from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and that the CDC staff had boarded the plane.
He also shared photos of passengers getting their temperatures taken. & # 39; Dispatching and taking the temperature taken, & # 39; Coben tweeted.
The passengers who were not sick were allowed to continue with their travel plans.
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 A380 double-decker, traveling from Dubai to New York City, landed at the Queens airport on Wednesday morning shortly after 9 a.m.
The video of the news helicopters showed the jet sitting on the asphalt surrounded by ambulances, vehicles and airport personnel.
The photos of the scene showed paramedics transporting passengers from the plane to ambulances on stretchers.
Other photos showed Port Authority Police officers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention waiting in a parking area to check passengers after they landed.
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.
The passenger, Raghida Dergham, who was sitting in the business section of the plane praised how things were handled on the flight, saying that all sick passengers were sitting in the low-level economic section.
& # 39; I feel great. I feel good, "he said." No one was alarmed … He handled himself very well. "
Emirates issued a statement that says customer safety and care is their top priority.
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)
A passenger called the flight the "worst" there was in a tweet
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.
Shortly after the reports of almost 100 people who fell ill on the plane made their rounds on the Internet, Emirates issued a statement (pictured) 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 precaution, they were taken care of by the local health authorities, and the safety and care of our clients is our first priority."
Airport officials said that Emirates flight 203 carried 521 passengers.
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.