A total of 10 passengers were hospitalized, while another eight were treated at the airport.
Dozens of passengers aboard an Emirates flight from Dubai to NY are reportedly being checked by emergency crews after becoming seriously ill.
"The Emirates cabin crew were super-helpful, they were not in panic mode, which was unbelievable", Makki, 36, said in an interview outside of John F. Kennedy Airport.
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Officials from the Port Authority Police Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were on scene, according to news station WNBC, but did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Passengers also shared photos from inside the plane as they prepared to disembark. The remaining nine people refused treatment.
But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the estimated number was about 100.
Pictures posted on social media by passengers show the plane at a remote stand surrounded by an armada of ambulances and emergency response vehicles.
Phillips was among the first to suggest that the patients' symptoms were "pointing to the flu".
The Emirates flight landed Wednesday morning and was met by health officials.
He said that some of the passengers had originally come from the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca, which was now experiencing a flu outbreak, and that the passengers' symptoms were "pointing to the flu".
The airline and New York City mayor's office said 19 people were confirmed ill.
The rep added, "CDC public health officers. completed health evaluations (including taking temperatures) of all 549 passengers and crew members on board" and that 11 people (one more than reported by the airline) were taken to the hospital. Early indications point to that as a POSSIBILITY.