An American passenger was booted off a US Airways flight and screened after reportedly joking that he had Ebola and telling the rest of the flyers they were “screwed.”
During a flight from Philadelphia to the Dominican Republic, the 54-year-old American – who remains unidentified – reportedly yelled, “I have Ebola, you are all screwed,” according to the Dominican news outlet Diario Libre.
He also yelled out, “I’ve been to Africa!” an airport official told Fox News Latino.
He didn’t yell “bomb,” but he might as well have. After the supposed joke was aired, there was noticeable panic and concern on the airplane, which was carrying 290 passengers. The plane was isolated as soon as it landed in Punta Cana, where a medical team outfitted with hazmat suits boarded the aircraft and removed the passenger.
After conducting a medical check, the passenger was found not to be infected with the virus. Though he was coughing on the flight, he had no fever when he was inspected. He had never been to Africa, either.
In a video captured by a passenger, an African-American can be seen being taken out of the plane by medical officials.
“We delivered the passenger to the airline, which has its policy, but he will be returned to the United States, where he will be submitted to another rigorous check,” Walter Zemialkowski, the director of operations at the International Airport of Punta Cana, said to Diario Libre.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health said there was a passenger suspected of having Ebola, but that the results were negative for the virus.
“It is absolutely false the information that states that through the Punta Cana Airport a person suspected of being sick with Ebola arrived in our country,” said Eduardo Rosario Bourdierd, the ministry’s communications director.
Other passengers were kept from leaving the plane for almost two hours until they were allowed to leave.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, but the safety of our customers and crews is our main priority,” US Airways said in a statement to Fox.
Of course, concern over Ebola is the highest it’s been since the outbreak began in West Africa. This week, the first patient to be diagnosed with the virus in the United States died, sparking calls for action and even travel bans from politicians and pundits. The US announced on Wednesday that it would begin screening incoming travelers at five major American airports.
Cases of Ebola have topped 8,000 now, according to official data from the World Health Organization, though many cases could actually be unreported. The death toll continues to climb near 4,000, and officials have stressed the outbreak is unprecedented and may continue to get worse.
4 thoughts on “‘You’re all screwed!’ Man jokes he has Ebola, taken off plane by hazmat-suited medics”
“He also yelled out, “I’ve been to Africa!” an airport official told Fox News Latino.
He didn’t yell “bomb,” but he might as well have.”
Yep, never say the “B-word” even jokingly at an airport. I did and TSA almost didn’t let me on the plane. So much for freedom of speech!
Also, don’t say the “G-word” and now the “E-word”. So many banned words these days. It’s absolutely pathetic. The people in this country have lost their marbles. Go under a rock and hide, for cryin’ out loud. No one needs your cowardice.
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!! Omg… THis is ABSOLUTELY APPALLING, OBSCENE AND PATHETIC!! These dumbasses on the plane are video recording it instead of bitching at the staff for their stupidity and these dumbasses in the hazmat suits REALLY think there’s something going on.
But of course, only sheeple fly planes any more in this country, so what do you expect?
We truly are the laughing stock and most cowardly country in the world. I’m completely ashamed to be an American after watching this video. I just want to hide my head in shame. What have we become?
GROW SOME BALLS!! Beat the shit out of these idiots and that stewardess ought to be thrown in the dumpster with the tomatoes and gravy.
This is absolutely disgusting! I just wanna throw something.
Yep..just keep playing that Ebola hoax game. THERE IS NO EBOLA OUTBREAK!!! THERE’S NO EBOLA!!! 😡
What the hell are they even doing on that plane walking around in hazmat suits like they are advertising for new hazmat ware. They have no machines, no nothing. They are just walking around as if they are getting people used to seeing them (indoctrination). Just look at them.
Look at them standing there like they are waiting for their cue to get on stage like some crazy blue dancers prancing through the aisles. They might as well start kicking their legs up and singing “A Chorus Line” for the people on the plane. They don’t even know what the F**k they are doing. They’re probably just hired actors, for cryin’ out loud.
And you got that stupid stewardess that says, “You’ve all been watching the news so just don’t touch these guys and treat them like a jolly blue bubble and anyone who wants to take a picture can take a picture of me.Hahaha!!”
🙄 OMG… I wanna cry. I can’t believe I’m living in a world this stupid.
trick or treat….