By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Auckland Airport said that a passenger on the Emirates flight 'was unwell and the ill traveller protocol was triggered'
New Zealand authorities rushed to respond to a sick passenger on board an Emirates aircraft in Auckland on Sunday.
In a statement, Auckland Airport said that a passenger on the Emirates flight – EK448 – “was unwell and the ill traveller protocol was triggered.”
“This protocol is a well-established multi-agency process to effecting monitor, assess and manage ill travellers arriving on planes and ships into New Zealand,” an airport spokeswoman was quoted as saying the New Zealand Herald.
The passenger is the hands of officials from New Zealand’s Ministry of Health.
Over the weekend, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardem announced that any foreigner – with the exception of Pacific islanders – would be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in New Zealand.
She also discouraged citizens from travelling abroad unless essential, and said that the government and the police can enforce self-isolation.
Arabian Business has reached out to Emirates for comment.