Emirates Airlines denies plane quarantined in New York flew through Saudi Arabia

Emergency response crews gather outside Emirates flight EK203 at JFK International Airport in New York. (AP Photo)
Updated 05 September 2018
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Emirates Airlines denies plane quarantined in New York flew through Saudi Arabia

  • Emirates said about 10 passengers on board flight EK203 from Dubai to New York were taken ill
  • Officials from the Port Authority Police Department and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were on scene

NEW YORK: Emirates airlines has denied that a flight from Dubai, which was quarantined at in New York did not make a stop in Saudi Arabia.

False reports had claimed that the flight had stopped in the Kingdom. 

In a statement to CNN, the airline said that the flight did not fly over or make a stop in the Kingdom.

Emirates flight 203, a double-deck Airbus A388 carrying about 500 passengers, landed shortly after 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT), according to an airline spokeswoman.
The spokeswoman said 10 passengers fell ill on the flight from Dubai to New York. New York media outlets had earlier put the number at about 100 passengers.

“Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on board flight EK203 from Dubai to New York were taken ill,” the spokeswoman said. “On arrival at JFK, as a precaution, they were immediately checked by local health authorities and those needing medical attention will be attended to.” 

A later statement from the airline said three passengers and seven crew were transferred to hospital for medical care and that all passangers had disembarked from the aircraft.

Officials from the Port Authority Police Department and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had attended the scene, according to news station WNBC. The mayor’s office also did not respond to requests for comment.
Larry Cohen, who identified himself as one of the passengers aboard the plane, uploaded photos on Twitter showing dozens of police and emergency vehicles waiting outside the plane on the tarmac.
“All we have been told is that there are some sick passengers and that we need to remain on board,” Cohen told Reuters via Twitter messaging.


Pelosi urges support for resolution to block border wall emergency

Updated 29 min 16 sec ago
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Pelosi urges support for resolution to block border wall emergency

  • Trump announced the emergency in order to bypass Congress
  • Sixteen states earlier this week sued over the declaration, but the Trump administration has continued with its plans

WASHINGTON: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday called upon lawmakers to back a resolution to halt the national emergency declared by US President Donald Trump to fund a wall on the southern border with Mexico.
Trump announced the emergency in order to bypass Congress, which approved only a quarter of the $5.6 billion he wanted for the wall in a spending bill.
Sixteen states earlier this week sued over the declaration, but the Trump administration has continued with plans to pull together around a further $6.6 billion in federal funding, mostly from the Department of Defense.
Texas congressman Joaquin Castro had last week vowed to introduce a resolution to terminate the president’s move.
Lawmakers have until 3:00 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Thursday to co-sponsor it, before it is formally introduced on Friday.
“I write to invite all Members of Congress to cosponsor Congressman Joaquin Castro’s privileged resolution,” Pelosi said in a letter to Democrats and Republicans late Wednesday.”
“The President’s decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated,” she said.
“We have a solemn responsibility to uphold the Constitution, and defend our system of checks and balances against the President’s assault.
Democrats were quick to express their support.
“I’m a YES to overturn the declaration,” Democratic Senator Brian Schatz tweeted.
Meanwhile, House Democrat Linda Sanchez, of California, said she was “proud” to support Castro’s resolution.