United Airways stated on Friday that it was working with well being officers to contact passengers who might need been uncovered to the coronavirus by a male passenger who died after a medical emergency on a current flight.
The 4 flight attendants who responded to the emergency on board the flight, United 591, additionally went into quarantine for 14 days after the aircraft landed at its vacation spot in Los Angeles, the flight attendants’ union stated.
The flight, which took off from Orlando, Fla., and was diverted to New Orleans, prompted widespread alarm on social media after experiences indicated that the person’s spouse had informed emergency medical staff that he had examined optimistic for the virus.
United Airways stated on Friday that the person’s spouse was overheard telling an emergency medical employee that her husband had signs of Covid-19, together with lack of style and odor.
However United officers stated medical professionals didn’t verify on the time that the person had examined optimistic for the virus, and they’re nonetheless unsure if he was contaminated. When the flight was diverted to New Orleans, the airline stated, it was informed that the passenger had skilled cardiac arrest.
Nonetheless, United Airways stated it had been contacted by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. “We’re sharing requested data with the company to allow them to work with native well being officers to conduct outreach to any buyer the C.D.C. believes could also be in danger for doable publicity or an infection,” the airline stated.
The C.D.C. stated on Friday that it was “within the technique of amassing data and continuing in keeping with our commonplace working procedures to find out if additional public well being motion is suitable.”
“To guard the privateness of the person, we aren’t offering this data to the general public,” the company stated.
Taylor Garland, a spokeswoman for the union that represents flight attendants at 17 airways, together with United, stated that after the aircraft landed in Los Angeles, the crew of 4 flight attendants was “quarantined for 14 days per written tips.”
“Our union continues to supply assist to the crew,” Ms. Garland stated. “We urge passengers to adjust to airline Covid insurance policies and keep dwelling should you’re sick.”
United stated that when the passenger had checked in for the flight, he had attested, as a part of a “Prepared-to-Fly” guidelines, that he had not examined optimistic for the coronavirus and didn’t have signs of Covid-19. However the passenger could not have been truthful, the airline indicated.
The person’s household later confirmed that he had been “feeling sick main as much as the day of journey,” United stated. The person additionally had pre-existing circumstances, together with hypertension and higher respiratory points, the airline stated.
United Airways officers stated it was solely after the aircraft continued on to Los Angeles that they realized that the person’s spouse had expressed concern that he had signs of Covid-19.
“The choice to proceed on to Los Angeles was made after the medical professionals initially dominated the emergency as cardiac misery,” United stated in a press release. “A change in plane was not warranted. As a substitute, passengers got the choice to deplane and take a later flight or proceed on to Los Angeles. All passengers opted to proceed.”
United stated the well being and security of its workers and prospects was its highest precedence, which is why it mandates masks and requires passengers to finish the guidelines confirming that they haven’t examined optimistic for the virus within the final 14 days and shouldn’t have signs related to the virus.
“We implore passengers not journey if they’ve been recognized with Covid-19 or have Covid-related signs,” United Airways stated. “If unsure, the best choice is to get examined.”
Derrick Bryson Taylor contributed reporting.