Here’s What It Looks Like After Someone Shouts “I Have Ebola, You’re All Screwed!” On A Plane

You know the saying about how you should never yell “Fire!” in a theater? Let’s bring that maxim up to date, and amend it to add that you should also refrain from shouting, “I have Ebola, you’re all screwed!” on an airplane. Because that will result in the hazardous materials folks showing up and generally spoiling an entire planeful of people’s plans for an uneventful flight.

An unidentified American passenger on a US Airways flight traveling from Philadelphia to Punta Cana on in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday reportedly shouted out things like, “I’ve been to Africa!” and, according to media reports,  “I have Ebola, you’re all screwed!” right before the plane landed, reports Fox News Latino.

Though it’s unclear/unconfirmed exactly what he said, passengers and crew were not amused, as the Ebola outbreak has killed almost 4,000 people in Africa and infectious diseases are just not something you kid around about, causing a bit of a scene on the plane.

Upon the plane’s arrival, a passenger chronicled what happens next on video, of course, because that is what one does in the times we live in.

The flight crew tells everyone to sit down, and on come the blue hazmat suits, while the passenger in question was taken away to the airport’s medical center for tests, even while saying, “I ain’t from Africa.”

He was reportedly coughing during the flight and some reports say he appeared “unbalanced.”

An official with the airport says the plane was detained on the tarmac for almost two hours while medical and airline people made sure there was no risk to the more than 200 passengers on board.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, but the safety of our customers and crews is our main priority,” a statement from US Airways said, noting that the plane had been cleared by authorities.

Apparently the man hadn’t been to Africa lately, and the most recent trip he’d taken abroad was a 2012 trip to Europe.

“We don’t know why he did it, but he thought it would be a cute joke that would not be so serious,” a rep from the airport explained. “Thankfully it was only a scare.”

Forget bombs: Joke about Ebola on flight to the Dominican Republic causes havoc [Fox News Latino]

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