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Plane From Dubai Quarantined at JFK After Sudden Outbreak of Sickness, but It’s Probably Nothing

A double-decker passenger airliner on a runway.
An Emirates Airbus A 380—the same type of plane involved in today’s incident—in a file photo.
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Yikes, via a local NBC affiliate in New York:

A plane landing at John F. Kennedy airport has been quarantined after about 100 passengers reported feeling sick on board the flight, airport sources say.

The good news, such as it is, is that the plane—Emirates Flight 203 from Dubai—carried some 500 passengers in total, so we are not necessarily dealing with a totally unstoppable super-virus. CBS reported that “Emirates’ home office has told U.S. officials it believes this incident was caused by food poisoning,” while the company claimed in a statment that there are only 10 sick passengers, not 100:

Centers for Disease Control personnel are investigating the situation, and while the CDC has confirmed initial reports that 100 passengers did in fact report symptoms, the other travelers aboard the flight are being released, suggesting that whatever is going around is not expected to be highly contagious or dangerous:

This post has been updated with new information.