Airline issues warning for passengers after man infected with tuberculosis boards flight
PHOENIX – Some airline passengers’ nerves are on edge after they were told that they need to get tested for tuberculosis.
The warning came after a man, who was possibly infected with active tuberculosis, was removed from a U.S. Airways Express flight from Texas to Arizona during a layover in Phoenix.
Crews boarded the plane Saturday and removed a man who was asked to put on a medical mask.
A Maricopa County Health Department spokesperson says they have tested the passenger for TB but it could be a couple of days before the results are known.
According to a spokesman for U.S. Airways, there was no warning or flag on the passenger’s record and the airline was only notified of the risk by the CDC through the TSA after the plane took off.
So far, the warning is only going out to passengers who were on the flight.