On Wednesday, NBC News reported an Emirates flight arriving from Dubai and landing in John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City was being quarantined after many passengers reported feeling sick.
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Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, tweeted on Wednesday morning that the flight had stopped in Mecca, which is now experiencing a flu outbreak.
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The doubledecker Airbus A380 landed shortly after 9 a.m. ET with about 500 passengers aboard, according to a spokesperson for Emirates airline.
His pictures showed people having their temperatures taken with a laser device as they disembarked, and a police officer wearing a mask.
A statement from the Arab Emirates read, "the safety and care of our customers is our first priority".
The New York State Department of Health did not immediately respond to a request for comment.