Worse Than We Thought: Emirates Passengers Quarantined With 19 Flu Infested Travelers… AND Vanilla Ice

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Yesterday, Meghan informed us about an unfortunate situation on an Emirates flight at New York JFK airport.

Several travelers aboard the 500 passenger airplane contracted high fevers and severe coughs during the flight.  A final tally says 19 passengers were deemed sick.  Ten were hospitalized, and 9 refused medical attention.

But the tragedy is worse than we had presupposed.  Not only were hundreds of passengers confined to a fuselage with the violently ill, but they were trapped with fellow traveler Vanilla Ice.

Passengers aboard the 14-hour journey from Dubai to New York were particularly eager to land and deplane, as the soundtrack of the flight was provided by severe coughing and gastrointestinal issues from sick passengers, and what sounded like a Coinstar machine coming from various jangling paraphernalia around Vanilla Ice’s neck during every bout of turbulence.

The plane was quarantined after landing, as the fierce coughing persisted throughout the flight.  It seems a little crazy that 9 ill passengers were allowed to leave without medical attention before the sickness was diagnosed.

Historically, when Vanilla Ice is informed of a problem, he’s offered to solve it.  Million Mile Secrets couldn’t reach Vanilla Ice for comment.  But I reckon he urged travelers and crew to stop, collaborate, and listen as medical teams scrambled to identify the issue.

Let us hear your thoughts below!

Joseph Hostetler is a full-time writer for Million Mile Secrets, covering miles and points tips and tricks, as well as helpful travel-related news and deals. He has also authored and edited for The Points Guy.

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