PHOENIX (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — About 70 passengers on a US Airways Express flight from Texas to Arizona were briefly kept on the plane after it landed, and some say they were told to get tuberculosis tests and vaccinations.
Responders on Saturday boarded the plane in Phoenix and removed a man who was asked to put on a medical mask.
US Airways spokesman Bill McGlahsen says the airline was notified after the plane departed Austin that the passenger’s status had been changed to “no-fly” because of an unspecified medical condition.
Federal and Maricopa County health officials said there was no immediate confirmation that the passenger has an infectious disease.
“[N]o infectious disease has been confirmed in the passenger,” Centers for Disease Control spokeswoman Karen Hunter told the Arizona Republic. “And even if a passenger had infectious TB, the duration of the flight was so short that there would likely be no risk of exposure to other passengers.”
Passengers were surprised as to what transpired.
“I’m actually very concerned,” Dean Davidson told the Arizona Republic. “I can’t imagine that others aren’t becoming more concerned as we have more time to ponder what happened and the lack of information.”
Tuberculosis is a respiratory disease that can be fatal. The CDC says it is spread through the air.
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