Passenger reaction to sneezing person and coronavirus concerns causes plane to divert

Published: Mar. 9, 2020 at 7:16 PM MDT
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Passengers' fears over the possible spread of the coronovirus appear to be the cause of a plane's unscheduled landing.

Officials say a group of people became disruptive because a neighboring passenger was coughing and sneezing on Sunday's flight from Eagle County, Colorado, to Newark International Airport. The United Airlines plane diverted to Denver, where police officials told KUSA-TV three people were removed who were upset about the passenger who they thought was sick.

United officials told KCNC-TV that the passenger was sneezing due to allergies, did not have a fever and was allowed to continue on the flight.