An Emirates plane that landed at JFK Wednesday morning has been quarantined after 10 out of the 500 passengers on board became ill with flu-like symptoms, according to NBC 4 New York, while dozens more reported feeling mildly ill.
Counter-terrorism officials are monitoring the situation, according to the NYPD.
Seven members of the crew and three passengers were taken to Jamaica Hospital in Queens after suffering from flu-like symptoms, the New York Post reported.
In a statement, Emirates said passengers are being examined and those not exhibiting symptoms will soon be allowed to leave.
The Emirates A380 flight 203 from Dubai was headed to New York when at least 100 of the 500 passengers on board reported feeling ill. Some of the passengers reportedly have fevers of more than 100 degrees accompanied by coughing fits.
The flight landed at JFK Wednesday morning about 9:10 a.m. where Port Authority Police and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were waiting to check passengers in a staging area.
Emirates flight crew being loaded into Ambulances at JFK Airport after about 100 become ill with temperatures over 100 degrees on flight from Dubai. Aircraft remains quarantined. pic.twitter.com/5zXrgGpBu3— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) September 5, 2018
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's office confirmed that the passengers had been quarantined.
One passenger posted a photo showing more roughly a dozen emergency response vehicles waiting on the runway. The passenger, Larry Coben, said passengers were warned that some people on the flight had become sick, but he said he hadn't seen any sick passengers. However, he noted that the plane contained two levels of seats.
Ambulances approaching the plane. pic.twitter.com/klV7Xhy0bZ— Larry Coben (@LarryCoben) September 5, 2018
NYPD's Counter-Terrorism unit is "monitoring" the situation...
Monitoring what appears to be a medical situation at JFK airport. We are working with the Port Authority and our Federal partners. pic.twitter.com/HisKnrqXst— NYPDCounterterrorism (@NYPDCT) September 5, 2018
Reports of the mysterious illness surfaced after a flight from New York to Florida earlier this year had to be diverted after passengers reported burning throats after being exposed to an unknown substance that reportedly smelled like "dirty socks." The plane, and its passengers, have been taken to a staging area in NYC where they await further inspection.