United Airlines is working with health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to contact passengers who came into contact with Kovid-19 after experiencing “medical emergency” during a flight this week And died, the airline said in a statement.
The incident occurred on Monday during an Orlando-to-Los-Angeles flight. The flight diverted to New Orleans when a person became ill on the plane. Paramedics transported the male passenger to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead, according to United Airlines.
“Everything was not so intense and real,” Shay Allen, a passenger on the flight, told NBC Los Angeles. Alan said that he saw the man with his head down and breathing heavily. Less than 20 minutes into the flight, a nurse and an emergency medical technician began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him, according to Allen. That and Other passengers Indicated that they overheard the man’s wife saying that he was experiencing symptoms like Kovid.
“At the time of diversion, we were informed that they had suffered a cardiac arrest, so passengers were given the option to fly later or continue planning their journey,” the airline said. “Now that the CDC has contacted us directly, we are sharing the requested information with the agency so that they can work closely with local health officials. The CDC believes that any client exposure or risk of infection It is possible.”
The male passenger had filled out a required checklist before boarding the flight, stating that he had not tested positive for Kovid and had no symptoms. But it is clear that they have “wrongly accepted this requirement,” the airline said.
The CDC said in a statement that they are “in the process of collecting and moving information in accordance with our standard operating procedures to determine whether public health action is appropriate.” The agency is not providing any information about the deceased passenger “to protect the privacy of the person.”
Allen said she is staying at home in California as required by the state. As of Friday, he had not been contacted by health officials, NBC Los Angeles reported.
A flight attendant spokesman at NBC Los Angeles, Taylor Garland, the four flight attendants who worked on the flight after the plane landed in Los Angeles, have also gone into quarantine for 14 days.
“Our union continues to provide assistance to the crew,” Garland said. “We urge travelers to follow airline COVID policies and stay home if you are ill.”
Reuters has contributed.