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Emirates plane briefly quarantined at U.S. airport

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An Emirates airline Airbus A380 superjumbo jet was briefly quarantined at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport after numerous passengers fell ill on a flight arriving from Dubai, reported USA Today.

As many as 100 passengers, including some crew members, "complained of illness including cough and some with fever," according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Emirates confirmed an incident of illness on board Flight 203, which landed in New York around 9:15 a.m. ET and was sent to a staging area to be inspected by Port Authority and CDC officials. It appeared as though many passengers had been sent on their ways by 10:45 a.m. ET, though it took until around noon until all had been evaluated.

"On arrival, as a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities. All others will disembark shortly. The safety & care of our customers is our first priority," the carrier said in a statement.

Ultimately, 19 people were deemed "sick," according to Eric Phillips, press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio.

Phillips tweeted at 12:34 p.m. ET that "all the passengers are off and have been evaluated." Of those who were ill, 10 were hospitalized while nine "refused medical attention."

"Health officials are processing tests now to determine the cause," Phillips continued, adding: "Symptoms still pointing to the flu."

"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. "Passengers who are not ill will be allowed to continue with their travel plans, and if necessary will be followed up with by health officials."

One apparent passenger on the flight took to Twitter with a description from the plane.

“All we have been told is that some passengers have fallen ill and we should remain in our seats,” said Twitter user Larry Coben.

Coben posted an image of a “row of ambulances” that met the plane at JFK. He followed with another tweet showing flight crew deplaning and walking across the tarmac toward the lineup of emergency vehicles.

Coben then added that passengers still on the plane were being asked to fill out a form from the CDC that was titled "Passenger Locator Information Page."

But by 10:45 a.m. ET, Coben added via Twitter that he was making his way toward passport control. At 11:03 a.m. ET, he added: "Happy to report that I am through customs and on my way home. Others as well."

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