The two men were transferred to the isolation area of the airport, where they were received by health authorities. Their seats and the upper cabin bins were then disinfected, with the aircraft ultimately leaving more than an hour behind.
Ryanair said in a statement: “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.
“As this passenger and his companion had fully complied with Ryanair’s 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 were seated on the plane before departure.
“There was little or no risk of transmission of Covid-19 to other passengers or crew, as all also wore face masks at all times.
“The plane left for Pisa after a delay of one hour and 20 minutes to allow disinfection of empty seats and overhead cabin compartments in accordance with all guidelines from UK health authorities. Ryanair apologizes to all passengers for this short delay. ”
Video footage shows three officials dressed in protective clothing moving towards the individual as a crew member attempts to keep passengers in their seats.
NHS England says on its website that people with symptoms should stay home and avoid travel. Instructions on the Department of Health’s website say, “If you are tested for coronavirus because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with should self-isolate until you get your result. .
“This also applies to anyone in your support bubble (where someone who lives alone – or just with their children – can meet people from another household). “