Officials weren’t laughing Wednesday when a man on a U.S. Airways flight bound for the Dominican Republic allegedly joked that he had Ebola.
The airline said in a statement that the flight from Philadelphia to Punta Cana was inspected upon arrival “due to a possible health issue on board,” as quoted by ABC News. An airline spokesperson told the news outlet that another passenger alerted a flight attendant after overhearing the man say he had Ebola as the plane approached its destination.
The man allegedly said “I have Ebola, you are all screwed,” according to Diario Libre, a Dominican newspaper.
A passenger on the flight recorded a video that showed officials in blue hazmat suits boarding the plane. “It’s gonna look worse than it is,” a flight attendant says on the video as she warns passengers that the officials would be boarding in protective gear.
“I think the man that has said this is an idiot, and I’ll say that straight out, and if you hear me that’s fine,” the flight attendant added.
The video later shows a black man who appears to be led off the plane by the hazmat team while the rest of the passengers look on and take pictures with their cellphones.
“I ain’t from Africa,” the man can be heard saying.