Untied Starts Probe After Incident

An unsettling incident occurred on a United Airlines flight from Vancouver, Canada, to Houston, Texas, when dozens of passengers fell ill for reasons yet to be fully understood.

United Flight 1528, which carried 163 passengers and six crew members, landed at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on May 31, sparking an investigation into the cause of the widespread sickness.

The Houston Fire Department reported that approximately 25 passengers on the flight complained of feeling unwell, experiencing symptoms severe enough to warrant evaluation at the airport. Fortunately, none of the affected passengers required hospitalization. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most of the ill passengers exhibited gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms.

United Airlines explained that a significant portion of the passengers, around 75 people, were returning from a cruise. This information could provide a clue as to the source of the illness. A spokesperson for United Airlines stated, “Several passengers who had been on the same cruise and did not feel well were on United Flight 1528 from Vancouver to Houston. United Airlines is actively coordinating with health authorities to address the situation.”

Following the landing, the aircraft underwent a thorough deep cleaning as a precaution. United Airlines assured that the aircraft would be taken out of service temporarily to ensure it was safe for future flights. “Ensuring the health and safety of our passengers and crew remains our top priority,” the airline emphasized.

The CDC, responding promptly to the incident, dispatched public health officers from its Houston Port Health Station to work with emergency medical services (EMS) in evaluating the ill passengers. “Most of the ill passengers reported mild GI symptoms,” a CDC spokesperson said. The CDC noted that no passengers had a fever during the flight or upon evaluation at landing, and none met the criteria for further public health follow-up. Consequently, passengers were allowed to continue with their travel plans.

The exact cause of the illness remains unspecified. However, the fact that many of the affected passengers were returning from the same cruise suggests a possible source. It is not uncommon for cruise ships to experience outbreaks of norovirus or other gastrointestinal illnesses, which can spread quickly in the close quarters of a ship.

Fox News Digital reached out to the Houston Fire Department for additional details, but as of now, the situation appears to be under control, with no serious health threats identified among the passengers.

This incident underscores the importance of vigilance and rapid response in managing potential public health issues, especially in confined spaces like airplanes. As authorities continue to investigate, ensuring the safety and well-being of travelers remains a top priority. Stay tuned for more updates as we learn more about this developing story.


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