12 passengers aboard arriving flights in Philly treated for flu-like symptoms

Separate flights from Germany and Paris complained of sickness

Mark Abrams
September 06, 2018 - 4:17 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police say a dozen passengers aboard arriving flights from Germany and France were quarantined at U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Philadelphia International Airport after complaints of flu-like symptoms upon arrival.

A Philadelphia police spokesman said the flights arrived shortly after 2 p.m., and emergency personnel on the ground were notified.

Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were on the scene and treated the sick passengers. The remaining passengers who were not ill were allowed to continue their travels.

The 12 people were released by authorities a few hours later and told they would be informed of medical test results by late Friday.

A spokesman for the federal CDC in Atlanta noted the sick passengers were aboard two separate American Airlines flights. 

CDC officials in Philadelphia, working with Philadelphia emergency medical services personnel, examined the passengers in a quarantined area in the U.S. Customs section of the international terminal after they got off the planes.

The CDC spokesman said they were tested for influenza and other respiratory illnesses. The dozen passengers — all American citizens — complained of sore throats and coughing, but none had a fever or appeared to be severely ill.

The incident occurs one day after a similar situation happened at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport following a flight from Dubai.