What happens on plane full of sick passengers? An aerospace medicine expert explains

When Emirates flight EK 203 from Dubai landed in New York today with sick people on board, it was greeted by public health officials and local authorities. Passengers and crew had fallen ill with coughs, fevers, and stomach problems — and 11 were taken to the hospital. The scare raised some key questions: like, when you’re in a metal tube hurtling through the air, how do you get help if you get sick? And what happens once you land?

The 549 people on flight EK 203 found out on Wednesday, when officials evaluated them and took their temperatures. By early Wednesday afternoon, everyone was allowed to go except for the 11 who went to the hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For now, the cause is still a…

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