JetBlue A320 Quarantined Due to Measles Scare

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A JetBlue Airways flight that landed at New York’s John. F Kennedy last night inbound from Santo Domingo was quarantined due to a possible measles scare.

JetBlue Airways flight 410 landed around 9pm and was held out of “an abundance of caution”, after the crew noticed a young Orthodox Jewish boy with bumps. It turns out that these were actually mosquito bites, and not measles.

Per NBC New York,

A measles scare aboard a JetBlue plane from the Dominican Republic to New York City delayed the flight Sunday night and prompted allegations of airline profiling amid the worst outbreak of the disease the nation has seen in decades.

JetBlue Flight 410 landed at JFK Airport from Santo Domingo around 9 p.m., but was held at the terminal after officials got reports of a medical emergency on the plane.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Port Authority temporarily quarantined the plane while the passengers got checked out. A short time later all customers got the all clear and flyers deplaned normally, JetBlue said in a statement.

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Comments

  1. It really sounds like these scares are being used as an excuse for racism. Did they notice other passengers with mosquito bites? I can assure you that flights like this regularly transport individuals with TB on an almost daily basis. Is there any information on how often a cabin attendant called for a quarantine?

  2. The Department of Health is entirely within the law to do this. Although the article mentioned that he was Jewish, it is simply a matter of identifying the high risk groups. Your doctor would ‘profile’ you based upon your specific risk factors for cancer or heart disease. The article indicates that the boy had ‘bumps’ – in this day and age, because many practicing physicians have never seen active measles cases, there may be a delay in concluding the etiology of the ‘rash.’ TB is an entirely different beast – many with the disease do not have any outward symptoms other than a cough. If everyone with a cough were to be stopped from flying commercial or had to be quarantined, no plane would leave the ramp.

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