Plane lands in NY with 10 ill passengers

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All we have been told is that there are some sick passengers and that we need to remain on board.

Honig, a former police inspector and commanding officer for JFK and LaGuardia Airports at Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, spoke to CBS2's Mary Calvi about keeping people informed and avoiding panic.

Rapper Vanilla Ice was on the plane and posted a video of the emergency response when the plane landed on Wednesday morning.

He added that he was happy to be on the top floor of the "double-decker plane" as there were reportedly "over 100 people sick on the bottom floor".

There were approximately 521 passengers on the flight.

New York City health officials say they obtained respiratory samples from the patients and their symptoms look like influenza.

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In another tweet, Sykes said that after noticing the state of some of her fellow passengers even before the plane took off, "I asked for a mask but they don't have any". "Nine passengers underwent additional medical screening at the site near the aircraft and were released afterwards", said the spokeswoman for Dubai-based Emirates.

A plane has been quarantined at New York's Kennedy Airport when about 10 passengers became ill aboard a flight from Dubai.

"Symptoms still pointing to the flu", the mayor of New York City said. It appeared as though passengers had been sent on their ways by 10:45 a.m. ET.

"Early indications point to that as a possibility", tweeted Eric Phillips.

Erin Sykes, who was on the plane, wrote on Twitter that the trip was "basically a flying infirmary" and questioned why some of the passengers were allowed to board.

Initial reports from NBC New York said up to 100 passengers said they felt sick, with sources saying about 18 people had been taken to the hospital.