Several passengers fall ill on plane flying into Tampa


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Passengers on a Frontier flight were stuck on a plane in Tampa for about an hour on New Year’s Day after several people on board reported feeling sick.

Authorities tell WFLA six of the 226 total passengers on the flight from Cleveland to Tampa fell ill at some point during the flight. Crew members let the passengers know mid-flight and asked anyone else feeling sick to let them know.

The six people who were sick were not traveling together and are not related.

When the plane landed at Tampa International Airport around 3:30 p.m., the six sick passengers were removed. An official says those passengers are now being held for observation. 

At some point, passengers reported seeing health officials come on the plane wearing masks.

The passengers who were not sick were held on the plane for about an hour after landing. We’re told that was at the request of health officials. 

The healthy passengers were allowed to deplane shortly after 4:30 p.m.

A spokesperson from the airport in Cleveland tells News Channel 8 there’s a possibility the illnesses are connected to a drinking fountain. They have shut down the drinking fountains in the Frontier concourse at the airport just to be safe.

At this time, there have been no other reports of people getting sick.

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