'Welcome to LA--Hope You Don't Have a Virus!'
When United Airlines' flight 890 from Japan arrived at LAX at 8:30 this morning the 300+ passengers on board had to sit tight thanks to one passenger's illness. The flight crew had radioed ahead to LAX to let them know that a 28-year-old man on board was suffering from what might have been "some sort of virus," the LA Times is reporting, and paramedics and reps from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control were sent on board once the flight pulled into the gate. They took about 20 minutes to determine that he was only dealing with food poisoning, and not a contagious illness. It is apparently standard protocol for the CDC and paramedics to respond in this case, however an LAFD spokesperson says "the unidentified man must have told the airplane's crew something to make them think that his condition was more severe." It's been a rough few days for arrivals at LAX; just this Friday a passenger bridge collapsed when a plane was docked, although fortunately no one was on the bridge at the time.