UAE plane carrying sick passengers lands at NY airport

Several passengers report feeling sick aboard the flight coming from Dubai

UAE plane carrying sick passengers lands at NY airport

A United Arab Emirates (UAE) airplane was held Wednesday as it landed at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York after several people reported feeling sick, according to the airline.

"Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on #EK203 from Dubai to New York were taken ill. On arrival, as a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities. All others will disembark shortly. The safety & care of our customers is our first priority," the airline said on Twitter.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the Port Authority Police were in the staging area to check the passengers for illness, according to NBC news.

Larry Coben, a passenger on the flight, took to Twitter to explain what was happening.

"All we have been told is that some passengers have fallen ill and we should remain in our seats," he wrote, adding that they have deplaned and had their temperatures taken.