Ryanair passenger infected with Covid-19 dragged off flight by hazmat officials
Dramatic footage has captured the moment Hazmat suit-wearing health officials boarded a Ryanair plane after one of the passengers had tested positive for coronavirus.
The incident happened minutes before takeoff on a Pisa-bound flight from London Stansted Airport on Wednesday.
The clip, posted by Twitter user "FionnMurphy10", shows all passengers remaining seated while three officials covered in full protective gear approach a man at the front of the plane.
One flight attendant is seen walking along the aisle to conduct the pre-takeoff check as the scenes unfold behind her.
The passenger and his travel companion stayed on the plane for less than 10 minutes before the officials removed them from the plane, Ryanair said.
He had received a text message prior to boarding the flight notifying him that he had texted positive for Covid-19.
But, instead of following NHS England and government guidelines to self-isolate for at least 10 days, he continued his journey.
A spokesperson for Ryanair told Daily Star Online: "A passenger who boarded a flight from London Stansted to Pisa on Wed 26 Aug, received a text message notification before departure that he had tested positive for Covid-19.
"The passenger and his travel companion were immediately offloaded and taken to a Stansted Airport isolation area where they were assisted by local public health authorities.
"Since this passenger and his companion had complied fully with Ryanair health regulations, they were both wearing masks at all times at Stansted Airport and for the very short period (less than 10 mins) they were seated on the aircraft prior to departure, there was little if any risk of Covid-19 transmission to other passengers or crew members as all of whom were also wearing face masks at all times.
"The aircraft departed for Pisa following a delay of 1hr 20 mins to allow for the empty seats and overhead cabin bins to be disinfected to comply with all UK health authority guidance. Ryanair apologises to all passengers for this short delay."
A London Stansted airport spokesman told this site: "We were made aware of the passenger by the airline and our fire service attended the aircraft and escorted the passenger (and travel partner) to an isolation area where they were put in contact with Public Health England, who then oversaw the passenger’s onward journey."
The Department of Health says that anyone awaiting test results that has coronavirus symptoms should self-isolate until they receive the result.
It can take up to 72 hours for these tests to be completed.
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