The plane with 141 people onboard, including five children, had been blocked since 1:50 p.m. local time after it had arrived from Algeria.
According to preliminary data, upon arrival, a crew member signaled that one of the passengers, reportedly a child, was ill. The authorities immediately took the child and his mother into the airport for treatment. The other passengers were asked to disinfect their hands.
ASL Airlines France flight #5O950 from Oran in Algeria to Perpignan in France, is held at the tarmac. According to media the reason is a suspected cholera case on board.https://t.co/b008KjsD8e pic.twitter.com/FpTTuCFTNp— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) September 5, 2018
Cholera is a highly contagious infection that can be transferred by contact with contaminated food or water.
Earlier in the day, an Emirates flight, carrying some 100 passengers, was quarantined in New York after the passengers on board started feeling sick. According to law enforcement sources, between seven to 10 people on board were taken to hospital.