SAS flight released after Ebola scare

False alarm tests airport and airline emergency procedures

An SAS flight from Paris to Copenhagen was put in isolation upon landing after a passenger was suspected of having Ebola, reports Berlingske.

The alarm has since been lifted. Passengers were allowed to leave the plane an hour after landing.

A French woman who had been in west Africa a month ago had been vomiting and experiencing flu-like symptoms, which can be indicators of Ebola infection.

Due to heightened awareness to the virus, flight staff took the necessary precautions, isolating the woman to the back of the airplane with access to a private bathroom and staff donning protective clothing, reports Politikken.

When the plane arrived in Copenhagen it landed on a special runway and a medical officer boarded the plan to assess the situation. The officer determined the passenger did not have Ebola.

The woman is still in poor health and has been taken to a hospital, Lea Holm, Copenhagen Airport press officer, told DR.

Trine Kromann-Mikkelsen, SAS press officer, called the incident a “good test” of their preparedness and said the passengers “took it easy” while the plane had a “normal landing”.





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