A passenger on board a US bound airliner caused pandemonium on the flight when he sneezed and said out loud, “I have Ebola, you are all screwed!”
According to another passenger on the flight, Patrick Navarez, “Once we landed in Punta Cana we were told by the flight attendants that there was a situation and that a passenger may have been in Africa and had Ebola.
She was certain it was a hoax but they did not take any chances and had a full hazmat crew board the plane and take the passenger off. It was later confirmed that the passenger was never in Africa and after 2hrs we were finally able to get off the plane.”
The report was confirmed by authorities in Punta Cana who also said it was a totally inappropriate thing to say.
Paola Rainieri, spokesperson for the company that owns the airport, told Fox News Latino “that the airplane was held on the tarmac for nearly two hours until medical and airline officials determined there was no risk to the 200-plus passengers.”
Rainieri described the incident as a “joke of poor taste” by the passenger, who had not traveled to Africa recently. According to Rainieri, the man’s passport showed that the last trip he had taken anywhere close to Africa was a 2012 trip to Europe.
“We don’t know why he did it, but he thought it would be a cute joke that would not be so serious,” she said. “Thankfully it was only a scare.”