A man and his companion were escorted off a flight when he received a text message saying he had tested positive for coronavirus.
The passengers had just boarded the Ryanair service to Pisa, Italy from Stansted Airport when the message arrived.
After alerting the cabin crew, the man and his traveling companion were taken to an isolation area of the terminal.
Ryanair said the two passengers were seated for just 10 minutes.
Wednesday’s flight was delayed by an hour and 20 minutes while seats and overhead cabins were disinfected.
A video of the passengers abducted by officials in protective gear was posted on social media.
Ryanair said the couple have fully complied with airline health regulations and both wore face masks at all times at Stansted Airport.
The company said there was “little or no risk of transmission of Covid-19 to other passengers or crew”.
A spokesperson for Stansted Airport said members of his fire department witnessed the plane and escorted the passenger and his travel partner to an isolation area.
Once there, they were put in contact with Public Health England “who then oversaw the onward journey of the passenger,” he said.
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