Rapper Vanilla Ice was one of 520 passengers aboard a plane traveling to New York's Kenneday Airport from Dubai that had to be quarantined upon arrival because about 100 passengers felt ill.
He said 521 people were on board and that sick passengers were being triaged on the plane.
The people on board were greeted by dozens of ambulances and other emergency vehicles, with medical staff ready to assess the situation.
At least 19 people aboard an Emirates flight from Dubai to NY were confirmed ill when the aircraft landed on Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport, after as many as 100 passengers and crew reported feeling sick, authorities said.
The plane wasn't quarantined, according to the report. Nine passengers underwent additional medical screening on site before being released, it added. Because the plane also stopped in Mecca, Phillips tweeted that the flu may be the culprit, as Mecca is now experiencing an outbreak.
The massive response included members of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Port Authority Police Department, and the FDNY.
"CDC public health officers are working with. officials to evaluate passengers including taking temperatures and making arrangements for transport to local hospitals those that need care".
USA media showed images of the double decker A380 aircraft isolated on the tarmac at John F. Kennedy International Airport and reported that the jet had been quarantined.
Passengers were exiting the plane with their luggage and getting on to buses. "Symptoms still pointing to the flu", Eric Phillips says.
Airline representatives did not immediate respond to an email.
Emirates initially said the number of sick passengers was about 10, but later upped that figure to 19 people including seven members of the crew.
The Emirates flight landed at about 9:10 a.m. Wednesday.
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.