Anyone with even the slightest bit of common sense knows there are just some things you don’t joke about on a plane. With the Ebola epidemic now a worldwide concern and people in full blown panic, the U.S. government has ordered select airports to begin screening for symptoms.
If jokes about Ebola were inappropriate before, they’re now the single dumbest thing you could ever say on an airplane and wouldn’t you know it—an American passenger felt the need to yell, informing the plane he was infected, when in actuality, he was not.
The male passenger was traveling on a US Airways flight from Philadelphia to Punta Cana yesterday when he reportedly yelled, “I’ve been to Africa!” not long before the plane landed, according to Fox News Latino. According to other press and social media sources, he also yelled, “I have Ebola!”
Upon landing, a crew in blue hazmat suits boarded the plane to escort the man off to the airport’s medical center for tests. He was reportedly coughing throughout the flight but after checking him out, medics said the man did not have Ebola.
The plane and all of the other passengers and crew were isolated on the tarmac for more than an hour while the man was being tested. Officials have not released the man’s name, they’ve only identified him as a man from North America, but he is shown on video captured by a plane full of angry passengers.
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.