United Airlines flight diverted when 'people became upset' over a 'sick' passenger

A United Airlines flight en route to New Jersey was redirected to Denver International Airport after concerns over a sick passenger.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway

Three passengers voluntarily departed the plane on Sunday and sought their own means of transportation to their destination, according to Denver police spokesman Kurt Barnes.

Denver police helped at the gate after an incident raised health concerns “while in-flight.” “A person was sick on the plane and these people became upset,” Barnes said.

At 1:08 p.m. local time, Denver International Airport officials received notice United Flight 1562, which departed from nearby Eagle County Regional Airport, was diverting off course. Airport spokeswoman Alex Renteria said after the concerned passengers disembarked, the plane left for Newark at 2:06 p.m.

FBI spokeswoman Amy Meyer said it was a “customer service issue.”

“As far as we know, nobody involved had COVID-19,” state health officials said.

According to the local NBC-affiliate KUSA, the person was suffering from allergies and did not have a fever.

United Airlines recently shared its strategy to protect customers and employees amid fears about the spread of the coronavirus. “The dynamic nature of this outbreak requires us to be nimble and flexible in how we respond, provide service and protect our customers and employees,” the company said.

WATCH: Big efforts to keep travelers safe from coronavirus (provided by CNN)

  • What are ghost flights

    What are ghost flights
    Commercial planes are taking trips in the UK even if no one is on board, according to a new report.
    Veuer Logo

  • a couple of people posing for the camera

    How travel empowers women
    We all understand how transformative travel can be, for women specifically, travel is especially empowering, here’s why. Buzz60’s Maria Mercedes Galuppo has more.
    Buzz60 Logo

  • Crew member performs beatbox routine for passengers

    Crew member performs beatbox routine for passengers
    Passengers on Matthew Viers’s Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas, Nevada, were treated to a short beatbox performance by a crew member on March 5, 2020. The video shows a crew member beatboxing at breakneck speed into the public-address system. Passengers can be heard cheering him on at the end of his performance. Viers told Storyful that the crew member had just finished reciting the emergency procedures before he broke into the vocal performance. Viers captioned the video, “How does @SouthwestAir hire this talent and have the best customer service in the industry?” Credit: matthewviers via Storyful
    Storyful Logo

CNN Logo
Source: Read Full Article