A yet to be identified 63-year-old Nigerian man, who boarded a plane from Nigeria to New York City gave up the ghost after he suffered a fit of vomiting on the flight.
Authorities said the deceased boarded the flight in Lagos, Nigeria Wednesday night and was dead by the time the plane landed the next day at New York’s JFK Airport.
The New York Post reports that the flight crew contacted the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, who met the flight at the gate. CDC officials announced that the deceased passenger did not have the Ebola Virus Disease, but have not offered a cause of the death.
The incident understandably alarmed passengers and crew alike. New York Republican Congressman, Peter King immediately wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and the United States of America, USA, Customs and Boarder Protection, CBP demanding to know how CDC officials were able to make such a determination so quickly.
King wrote, “It has come to my attention that there is between 70-100 individuals per day arriving at JFK from countries impacted by the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, these individuals transit the airport with the rest of the traveling population, including using the restrooms. It is only after they arrive at the CBP primary screening location that they are separated and sent to secondary inspection for a medical check and to complete a questionnaire.”
King told the Post after a “cursory examination,” officials gave the all clear. “The Port Authority Police and personnel from Customs and Border Protection were there, and they were told there was no danger because the person did not have Ebola.”