JetBlue Bans Pax For Life After He Reveals Positive COVID-19 Test On Landing

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

JetBlue has banned a passenger who flew from New York to Florida while awaiting the results of a coronavirus test -- and notified the crew after landing that the test came back positive, the airline said. 

The passenger left JFK and landed at PBI on Wednesday night. When boarding, he did not disclose to anyone at JetBlue that he was awaiting results of a coronavirus test, the airline said.

But on arrival, the passenger told the crew that he’d been notified the test was positive. Cleaning immediately started for the areas he went through based on security camera footage, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. They included gates, security checkpoints, check-in counters and kiosks, elevators and restrooms.

"Last night's event put our crewmembers, customers, and federal and local officials in an unsettling situation that could have easily been avoided, and as such, this customer will not be permitted to fly on JetBlue in the future," the airline said in a statement Thursday. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked people feeling unwell, those who believe they may have coronavirus or those who are awaiting test results to avoid travel until they are cleared by a medical professional.

Palm Beach International Airport is operating normally a day after the incident, spokeswoman Lacey Larson said. It had temporarily closed down Concourse A for cleaning after pax aboard the flight went through that area. 

All health guidelines were followed for the patient and passengers aboard the flight were assessed, said Capt. Albert Borroto of Palm Beach Fire and Rescue, which responded to the scene.

"Passengers in the vicinity of the positive patient were advised of monitoring procedures. The rest of the passengers were released to go home and given directions ... to call the health department with any medical concerns," he said. 

The condition of the passenger or where he's being quarantined is unclear.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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