A passenger on a Ryanair flight had to be removed by workers in Hazmat suits before take off after testing positive for Covid-19.
The flight from Stansted to Pisa was delayed after the man received a txt saying he’d tested positive for the virus, which led to the workers entering the plane to escort the passenger and his friend off the flight before it took off.
Flight attendants disinfected the two seats and overhead cabins, before the flight finally took off, two hours behind schedule.
A Ryanair spokesperson said: “A passenger who boarded a flight from London Stansted to Pisa on August 26, received a text message notification before departure that he had tested positive for Covid-19.
“The passenger and his travel companion were immediately offloaded and taken to a Stansted Airport isolation area where they were assisted by local public health authorities.
“Since this passenger and his companion had complied fully with Ryanair health regulations, they were both wearing masks at all times at Stansted Airport and for the very short period (less than 10 minutes) they were seated on the aircraft prior to departure.
“There was little if any risk of Covid-19 transmission to other passengers or crew members as all of whom were also wearing face masks at all times.
“The aircraft departed for Pisa following a delay of 1 hour and 20 mins to allow for the empty seats and overhead cabin bins to be disinfected to comply with all UK health authority guidance. Ryanair apologises to all passengers for this short delay.”
A spokesperson from Stansted Airport added, “The airport were made aware of the passenger by the airline and our fire service attended the aircraft and escorted the passenger (and travel partner) to an isolation area where they were put in contact with Public Health England, who then oversaw the passenger’s onward journey.”
Surprised Ryanair didn’t charge the other passengers extra for the ‘entertainment’, tbh.