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A Sneezing Passenger Diverts a United Flight

A Sneezing Passenger Diverts a United Flight
Taylor Rains

The coronavirus has been causing a lot of flight interruptions since its outbreak, including cancellations, delays, rescheduling, and now even diversions.

Earlier this week, United flight 1562 from Eagle, Colorado to Newark, New Jersey diverted after three passengers voiced concerns about the sneezing person sitting next to them. The three were afraid the nearby passenger was sick with the coronavirus, and due to “disruptive” behavior, forced the flight to divert to Denver.

According to United, the diversion was due to the concerned passengers not following crew member instructions and it “was in no way a medical situation.” The sneezing passenger was evaluated on the plane in Denver and was found to have no fever and was just suffering from allergies. That individual continued on the flight to Newark while the other three were escorted off the aircraft by authorities.

The FBI is investigating this event, although it is unclear if the three will face any charges.

View Comments (13)


  1. cashmccall

    March 11, 2020 at 4:46 am

    good for you……all these drama queens want to think this is some zombie virus and trying to kill the economy. The virus was mad by China to kill Trump’s 2nd term.

  2. Dublin_rfk

    March 11, 2020 at 5:16 am

    It’s straight up media driven paranoia! And we can expect more of it. With the media openly broadcasting only the most sensational aspects of the Covid-19 outbreak and burying the boring but important details needed to react correctly.
    I have seen the same reaction having been ‘that’ person during the SARs out break on a flight from NRT. No amount of explanation will calm a terrorized person who believes that they’re going to die just because they are close to an infected person.

  3. jjmoore

    March 11, 2020 at 6:14 am

    This article should really be about 3 unruly passengers that were removed from a flight. That is all.

  4. weero


    March 11, 2020 at 7:51 am

    The West still hasn’t absorbed the severity of this outbreak – people who have raised temperature, cough, or sneeze should not be on planes for the foreseeable future.

    This reluctance to act will only further scare people away from flying.

  5. Global Adventurer

    March 11, 2020 at 8:21 am

    Everyone is at risk. And don’t be fooled about the so-called mild cases. You will be sick as a dog, but not require a hospital stay with oxygen. But, yes sick as sick can get. Expect that no matter what age you are.

  6. blue2002

    March 11, 2020 at 8:34 am

    @weero, the pax had allergy symptoms, not raised temperature. Just sayin…

  7. darthbimmer

    March 11, 2020 at 8:43 am

    I am glad that the ALLERGY SUFFERER was allowed to continue his trip while the three passengers trying to incite a paranoid mob scene were escorted off by authorities.

  8. polinka

    March 11, 2020 at 9:34 am

    The mob inciters should be “quarantined” for at least 14 days until they can control themselves. If they are that nervous, they should not have been flying. Too bad that while scanning for temperature you can’t also scan for paranoia.

  9. Orange County Commuter

    March 11, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Well I hope no one flies through ATL. It’s pollen season… EVERYONE sneezes. PANIC, RUN, STOCK UP ON TOLIET PAPER (And WHAT is the deal with TP?)

  10. Jaysonb22

    March 12, 2020 at 9:03 am

    Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath.

    Those are the CDC symptoms for COVID19. Sneezing isn’t on that list.

  11. kkua

    March 12, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    C’mon… it’s only days before allergy season comes into full swing. Allergy sufferers will be sneezing and coughing with runny eyes and noses. Who can spot seasonal rhinitis vs COVID19 correctly?

  12. glob99

    March 13, 2020 at 11:16 am

    … since the sneezing passenger was NOT given a COVID-19 test you can’t be sure if it was only allergies. Not all COVID-19 cases have a fever.

  13. clarkef

    March 21, 2020 at 11:45 pm


    Sneezing is not one of the common symptom. Per the CDC’s website…

    If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

    Trouble breathing
    Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    New confusion or inability to arouse
    Bluish lips or face


    These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

    Shortness of breath

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