A DELTA flight leaving from New York’s JFK airport was held up for hours after a passenger reportedly found out they were exposed to COVID-19.
The Seattle-bound plane was unable to depart after the passenger found out they may have been exposed to the deadly coronavirus amid the global pandemic.
“Customers on Delta flight 2503 returned to the JFK terminal Monday after a customer shared they may have been previously exposed to coronavirus, and our aviation medical consultants recommended the customer be evaluated,” a Delta spokesperson said in a statement to The Sun.
As it was about to depart, the Washington-bound plane was forced to return to the New York terminal where it was held up for hours as the crew worked with the on-call airlines medical organization Stat MD.
Although they did not have any symptoms of the contagious virus, the passenger deplaned the aircraft out of an abundance of caution, a source told CNN.
The flight was scheduled to leave John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City at 6:29 p.m., according to Delta – but it wasn’t until more than three hours later at 10:02 p.m. that the plane took off for Seattle.
“We continue to follow all guidelines from the CDC and local health officials and the aircraft is in the process of being cleaned,” the spokesperson said in a statement to The Sun.
“The safety and health of our customers and crew remain our top priority.”
Passengers finally landed in Seattle at 1:06 a.m. – more than three hours after their scheduled arrival.
Earlier on Monday, Delta had released a statement on proactive action the airline is taking to limit COVID-19 spread, including using disinfectants on all flights and air-circulation systems among other sanitization protocols.
As of Tuesday, New York had the most coronavirus cases confirmed out of all U.S. states, with at least 967 confirmed to have the virus.
Nationwide, more than 4,400 people are confirmed to have the virus, and over 185,000 cases have been confirmed globally.
Delta announced early Tuesday that seat capacity on domestic flights was being cut, as the airline said it would extend or add suspended service to more than 20 countries globally amid the pandemic.
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