A 63-year-old American man has died during a flight from Nigeria to New York’s JFK after vomiting profusely. Passengers onboard panicked (as expected) in fear that the man had Ebola! Yes, the medical professionals have said that it’s not airborne, but let’s be honest. Majority of people do not believe that’s true, and it doesn’t minimize the hysteria and fear everyone has.
The man boarded an Arik Air plane out of Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday night, but passed away before the plane reached its final destination.
Flight attendants called the CDC, Port Authority and customs officials, who then boarded the plane in protective gear. They forced 145 passengers to remain on board, while conducting tests on the body. CDC suggested the tests proved he did not have Ebola, but the passengers and workers are still very concerned.
This morning, a Port Authority source said he passed away of an apparent heart attack, but this is yet to be confirmed. The man’s body was removed from the plane, with the CDC allegedly providing little information on how to deal with the remains.
According to news sources, throughout the 45-minute ordeal, the door connecting the aircraft to the terminal was left open. Republican Congressman Peter King, stated that there are not enough checks in place before reaching the screening process. He wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security: “It was what I was told a cursory examination. The Port Authority cops and personnel from Customs and Border Protection were there, and they were told there was no danger because the person did not have Ebola. But their concern was, how could you tell so quickly? And what adds to the concern is how wrong the CDC has been over the past few weeks.”
King stated that Homeland Security needs to strengthen protocols before reaching the screening location. He is concerned with the possibility of the passengers being infected: “These individuals transit the airport with the rest of the traveling population, including using the restrooms.” Inside sources said the cleaning company that was hired to work on the aircraft refused to go near the aircraft citing fears that the aircraft might be harboring Ebola virus. Officials reportedly had to find another cleaning company at the last minute to ensure that the flight left New York for its Lagos destination.