A manager for the rapper confirmed on Wednesday that he was on the Emirates flight that landed at New York's Kennedy Airport. Passengers experiencing illness reported similar symptoms like cough and fever, spokesperson for the Center for Disease Control Benjamin Haynes told TIME in a statement Wednesday morning when the event first took place.
A passenger also told him: "Crew told us a bunch of people are sick, but we have not seen any evidence of that".
Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, tweeted, "It appears some of the ill passengers came from Mecca before getting on in Dubai". While it's unclear at this point exactly what made almost 20% of the passengers feel so ill, NBC reports that the flight from Dubai made a stop in Mecca, where there is an ongoing flu outbreak. That said, Emirates officials reportedly told USA officials that only 10 people were ill and believes this incident was caused by food poisoning. "The rest of the passengers were allowed to leave and clear customs".More news: Colton Underwood, Next ‘Bachelor,’ Played For These Three NFL Teams
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Passenger Larry Coben, who boarded the plane in Dubai, described the scene on Twitter, as the aircraft landed far from the terminal and was met by dozens of emergency vehicles, lined up and ready to attend to any sick passengers.
But other passengers said they suspected that some passengers were sick before they got on the plane and that the airline should have done more to protect others. Emirates airline said they included seven crew members and three passengers.
"CDC public health officers are working with port authority, EMS, and CBP officials to evaluate passengers including taking temperatures and making arrangements for transport to local hospitals for those that need care", the CDC added in its statement.
He and the other passengers on his flight were released within a few hours, which was long enough to inspire Ice's social media followers.