A traveler has revealed how officials wearing hazmat suits have burst onto the plane after landing to remove a suspected coronavirus victim from the aircraft.
Laura Noonan was on her way from Moscow, Russia, to Dublin, Ireland, together with her husband as she was returning home after undergoing hematology treatment in the country.
As the 36-year-old explained, geared-up authorities entered the plane immediately after landing at Dublin airport to take a Chinese man who has been exhibiting flu-like symptoms away.
While other passengers weren’t quarantined, they were handed out leaflets explaining that they “have been on a flight from Moscow today with a possible case of novel coronavirus.”
“You have been on a flight from Moscow today with a possible case of novel coronavirus. Please avoid contact with other people as much as possible tonight,” the instructions read.
The leaflet also instructed passengers to call emergency services if they begin experiencing symptoms of the viral infection.
“We were not told that anything was wrong during the flight. We moved about the cabin and used the bathrooms as you usually would,” Laura explained.
“Air stewardesses were very pleasant and enquired as to my wellbeing – at no point did we realize something sinister was also evolving on board.
“When we landed, passengers stood up to got their cabin baggage get ready to leave the plane but the captain then came on speaker and ordered all passengers to sit down, which they did.
“Shortly after a man boarded wearing a hazmat suit and gloves and walked down the plane, took a Chinese passenger from his seat and walked him back up the entire plane and exited at the front meaning the man passed lots of passengers during his retrieval.”
As the woman added, it wasn’t until later that they were informed about what had happened and told what to do next.
“It was almost two hours after we landed before we left the aircraft and made our way through passport control to baggage reclaim,” Noonan said after explaining they had to provide their personal information before exiting the aircraft.
“Nobody who dealt with us in Dublin was wearing any personal protective equipment or even gloves when handling our passports.”
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