Emirates flight quarantined at JFK with 100 passengers "coughing nonstop"

Eirmates Airbus A388 was carrying around 500 passengers

An airliner from Dubai with 10 passengers and crew members who were hospitalized with flu-like symptoms was carrying 1990s rapper Vanilla Ice.

The models Emirates flies to NY typically seat either 489 or 517.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey confirmed that Emirates flight 203 landed at 9:12 am (1312 GMT) "with a report of multiple sick passengers".

Emergency vehicles were seen on the runway as it landed. "Apparently there is over 100 people sick on the bottom floor, so happy I'm up top.it's a double-decker plane 380".

An Emirates airline flight from Dubai has been quarantined at New York's John F Kennedy International Airport after passengers became ill during the flight.

"We will have more information as passengers and crew members are evaluated", the CDC says.

All those on board were screened by health officials on arrival.

Ambulances on standby as a precaution
Ambulances on standby as a precaution

The flight stopped in the Saudi holy city of Mecca, Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), said on Twitter. They had their temperatures taken on the tarmac and were then transported by bus to the airport terminal, where they made their way through customs.

According to the press secretary for New York City Mayor deBlasio, at least 19 people in total were sick with what is likely the flu.

She said: "Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on board flight EK203 from Dubai to NY were taken ill".

Emirates Airline Flight EK203 touched down in NY around 9am ET Wednesday after the pilot contacted air traffic controllers, telling them that many of his 500 passengers appeared to be sick with fevers over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 C) and several of them were coughing. In addition, nine other passengers received additional medical screening at "a site near the aircraft" but were later released, Emirates said.

"Even well before the flight when we were in line getting on board (in Dubai), there were people that were obviously very sick that should not have been allowed to get on board in the first place", Emirates passenger Erin Sykes told CBS.

-This developing report was last updated at 10:51 a.m.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, the organization operating the airport, was not immediately available for comment.

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