Heavily protected workers remove the infected passenger and his pal from the plane minutes before take-off from Stansted airport, according to the media.
Two hours after flight attendants disinfected the two passenger seats and the upper bins, the flight finally took off.
Images filmed by a horrified passenger showed the three people in protective gear approaching the stricken man as a crew member was heard informing everyone of a case of “COVID-19 on board. “.
“There is no need for self-isolation, OK, when we get to Pisa because the government does not require UK self-isolation and no testing. OK, ”said the Ryanair employee. “This is currently the information we have.”
The captain was also heard that the infected person had been informed of his diagnosis by British authorities.
“The airport was made aware of the passenger’s presence by the airline and our fire departments attended to the plane and escorted the passenger (and his travel partner) to an isolation area where they were put in contact with Public Health England, who then oversaw the passenger’s journey. An airport spokesperson told The Sun.
It was not clear whether the passenger was showing symptoms, but if he received the text message before boarding, he would have violated quarantine rules, the outlet reported.
“A passenger who boarded a flight from London Stansted to Pisa on August 26, received a pre-departure text notification that he had tested positive for COVID-19,” a Ryanair representative told The Sun.
“The passenger and his traveling companion were immediately unloaded and taken to an isolation area at Stansted Airport where they were assisted by local public health authorities,” the spokesperson said.
“As this passenger and his companion had fully complied with Ryanair health regulations, they were both wearing masks at all times at Stansted airport and for the very short period (less than 10 minutes), they were seated on the plane before departure, ”he added.
“There was little or no risk of transmitting COVID-19 to other passengers or crew as all were also wearing face masks at all times.