Norwegian airliner SAS forced passengers to remain on a plane in Denmark’s Copenhagen Airport on Saturday amid fears that a traveller was carrying the Ebola virus.
The flight from Paris landed in the Danish capital but crew were worried that a female passenger was displaying symptoms of the deadly virus so no one was allowed to disembark. However, after the passenger in question was examined for over an hour, doctors said it was safe to allow those left on the plane to leave.
SAS spokesperson Trine Kromann-Mikkelsen confirmed that the plane was released by the police and doctor, and that the passenger was not carrying Ebola.
It was later revealed that the traveller involved in the scare was French and had recently returned from a trip to West Africa, where the Ebola endemic has killed thousands of people in recent months.
Copenhagen Airport spokeswoman Lea Holm said that the incident proved it was perfectly equipped to handle such scares, adding that it was better to be safe than sorry and that they could be sure their emergency procedures work.