- A passenger aboard a flight has narrated how fear gripped others when she suddenly took ill
- The passenger said the flight attendant quickly moved the other people away from her, but treated her well
- It was learnt that the passengers on the flight were drenched in fear as they had seen death
Passengers on a flight got so scared some of them thought they were facing death after one of them, a female, suddenly caught cold and felt ill.
The passenger, a 21-year-old lady, said her plane had taken off about one hour after another one carrying New Zealand's seventh confirmed coronavirus case took off from the airport.
According to her, passengers on the flight she was in had witnessed staff of the airport, wearing masks and gloves, escorted a sick woman up the aisle.
So the passengers already had some fears before their plane took off.
When it was noticed she had cold, panic gripped passengers in the plane and anxiety filled the air.
The Stuff reports that the woman, who pleaded not to be named, said she started feeling sick aboard the plane. She told the flight attendants.
Immediately she announced it, one of the attendants quickly moved the other passengers away from her and asked her to fill out a form.
They also gave her food and water and when some passengers expressed fear, the attendants told them they were just being careful.
"Everyone was just staring at me. It's paranoia.
"In this world, if you even cough you get judged. They all thought they were going to die of coronavirus because I possibly had it," she said.
It was reported that the woman was in the plane's toilet for at least 30 minutes.
The toilet was blocked off immediately she came out.
The woman, who confirmed that she was treated well by the attendants, said she self-isolated herself because of the new rules on the virus.
She also said she was recovering fast.
The Air New Zealand confirmed the incident saying paramedics took care of the situation when the plane landed.
It also said: "We understand this is not related to Covid-19."
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and second most populous city after Dubai, is engaging complex methods of screening passengers because of coronavirus.
As a result, the city now engages passengers in a rigorous screening process to detect passengers who may be possible carriers of the virus.
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