UPDATE: A representative for the company tells PEOPLE that “Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on board flight EK203 from Dubai to New York were taken ill. On arrival at JFK, as a precaution, they were immediately checked by local health authorities, and those needing medical attention will be attended to. All other passengers will be disembarking shortly. The safety and care of our customers is always our first priority and will not be compromised.” Initial reports stated about 100 passengers were affected.
An Emirates flight that landed at New York’s JFK airport Wednesday morning has been quarantined after about 10 passengers on board reported feeling ill.
The flight, an Airbus A380 arriving from Dubai, has 500 passengers on board on two levels, CBS reports.
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The cause of the reported illness is not yet known, but the plane has been diverted to a holding area, where it was met by emergency response vehicles including officials from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
One passenger, Larry Coben, shared a photo on Twitter showing a line of responders’ vehicles lined up on the tarmac outside the plane.
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“A dozen protesters police cars meeting my retienen [sic] flight to JFK. What’s up @emirates ?” he wrote alongside the photo.
This is a developing story, please check back with PEOPLE.com for updates.
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