Newark Liberty International Airport was thrown into panic after a passenger believed to be from Liberia showed symptoms of Ebola. The man traveling with his daughter on a United Airlines flight from Brussels was reported vomiting as they landed in New Jersey at 1.50pm. They were both removed from the plane by a CDC crew in full Hazmat attire.
The remaining passengers have now been allowed to leave after being forced to stay on the plane then wait in immigration. Despite reports claiming the passenger was found to be noncontagious after initial examinations, the New York and New Jersey Port Authority told MailOnline the passenger was not cleared at the airport and has since been taken to hospital.
‘Upon arrival at Newark Airport from Brussels, medical professionals instructed that customers and crew of United flight 988 remain on board until they could assist an ill customer,’ the statement said.
‘We are working with authorities and will accommodate our customers as quickly as we can.’
Welsh passenger Paul Chard tweeted a picture of immigration officials on board the plane, adding: ‘Drama on the flight from BRU, pax taken off by CDC, we are stuck on the plane, Immigration staff now on!’