Passengers fall ill on Frontier flight from Cleveland to Tampa

Andrew Cummings
January 4, 2019

- Several passengers aboard a Tampa-bound plane became sick during their flight from Cleveland, airport officials say. When the plane landed safely in Tampa at around 3:30 p.m. local time, emergency personnel boarded the flight and removed the six sick passengers.

All of the sick passengers were evaluated and released.

An airport representative says there is a possibility the affected passengers' illnesses were connected to a drinking fountain.


The City of Cleveland said water samples from the airport will be sent to an Ohio EPA-certified lab for testing, with results expected in 24 to 48 hours. The sick passengers were not traveling together. All other passengers were released after a brief holding period.

Tiffany McKinney, a passenger on the flight told WFLA-TV that people were "just coming out of nowhere" and throwing up. The airport responded by shutting down drinking fountains at the Frontier concourse as a safety precaution.

The cause of the illness is under investigation, the airline said.


A fellow passenger who spoke to Fox 8 claims they were complaining of nausea, and at least one vomited.

The city'sDepartment of Public Health is in the process of contacting the six passengers to find out whether they did indeed drink from a fountain.

The city of Cleveland noted, "On New Year's Day, more than 11,000 passengers traveled through (Cleveland Airport) and no other passengers have reported illnesses".


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