WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) - An airplane passenger that tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19 arrived at Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA) Wednesday night, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.
A Fire Rescue spokesman also said the rest of the passengers were monitored and then allowed to go home. They were advised to call their health department with any medical concerns going forward.
PBIA is sterilizing the area where the passengers were deplaned overnight, which officials say was a separate location from the main terminals of the airport.
JetBlue issued this statement to CBS12 News about the incident:
The health and safety of our customers and crewmembers is our top priority. We’re asking customers who do not feel well or are concerned they may have coronavirus to not fly until cleared to travel by a doctor or health professional. JetBlue is currently waiving change and cancellation fees to allow customers the opportunity to change or pause their travel plans should they need to.
In last night’s case, our crewmembers did an incredible job coordinating with health authorities. After health officials allowed customers to disembark, we conducted a thorough sanitizing of the aircraft according to CDC guidance. We have also sanitized common areas in both airport terminals involved. We will continue to coordinate closely with health officials and provide them any additional information required.