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Coronavirus: Passengers denied exit in Kano airport over sick co-traveller

In a way to combat the novel Coronavirus, Passengers onboard Air Peace from Lagos were on Tuesday denied exit at the domestic wing of Malam Aminu Kano International Airport after one of the passengers was spotted ill during the flight hours.

 Source said that the pilot of the aircraft who noted the sick passenger alerted the airport authorities before landing and on arrival the captain of the flight refused to let the passengers disembark until the sick passenger tested negative of novel coronavirus. There was panic at the airport as the staff kept a distance from the airline for fear of coming into contact with the sick passenger who was suspected to be infected with the virus. Impeccable source from the airport said the drama lasted for some minutes before the medical personnel at the airport took the patient to the COVID-19 screening facility at the airport terminal II.

The source said the 17-year-old passenger was on a first time experience onboard an aircraft and therefore had shown signs of phobia throughout the flight duration. He added that the young man who tested negative for Coronavirus vomited immediately the aircraft landed.

The Director, Consumer Protection, NCAA, Malam Adamu Abdullahi who confirmed the incident to journalists, said there was no Coronavirus passenger onboard the flight but a young boy who was air sick.


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