US Airways passengers may have been exposed to tuberculosis
PHOENIX (KABC) -- Travelers on a US Airways Phoenix-bound flight were advised to get TB shots due to possible tuberculosis exposure.
Passengers on a flight from Austin, Texas to Phoenix, Ariz. say they were forced to wait in a remote area of the tarmac upon landing at Sky Harbor Airport Saturday.
Paramedics and police boarded the plane and removed a passenger from the plane, due to a medical issue. The passenger allegedly had active tuberculosis.
Following the person's removal, passengers were advised to get TB shots.
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that can be fatal if not treated. Health officials say tuberculosis can spread when someone with the disease coughs or sneezes and people in close contact "directly inhale the TB germs over an extended period of time."
A spokesman for US Airways has only confirmed that a passenger's boarding status changed mid-flight to "no-fly," due to a medical condition. The specific disease was not disclosed.
The incident remains under investigation.
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