Passengers Quarantined At Gatwick After Barbados Flight
6 March 2019 International News
Passengers and crew on a Virgin Atlantic flight were put into quarantine due to widespread sickness on board the plane.
The aircraft was met by emergency services when it landed at Gatwick Airport about 05:25 following an eight-hour flight from Bridgetown in Barbados.
Passenger Trevor Wilson said “a bad chesty cough, possibly a chest infection” was affecting people.
The airline said it was investigating.
he 448 passengers on the Virgin charter flight were returning from a cruise in the Caribbean, MSC Cruises said.
A spokesman for the cruise company said: “We are still investigating what may have caused the illness and we are currently waiting for further updates from Gatwick Airport medical services.
“What we do know is that on MSC Preziosa, no cases of acute gastroenteritis have been reported in the past 14 days.”
Thirty people were assessed and treated, two of which have been taken to hospital.
Mr Wilson t “This flight was exclusively cruise passengers from the MSC Preziosa. The illness seems to have originated on board ship not the plane. Five members of cabin crew became sick on flight.”
A spokesman for the airport said emergency staff had taken the ill passengers to an assessment centre for treatment.
“The other passengers have now disembarked as normal,” he said.
MSC Cruises said it sent four staff members to Gatwick to provide further assistance to all passengers.
Source: Fox news