Emirates airline: Passengers sick on Dubai-New York flight

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The passengers are being checked out by health professionals

An Emirates airline jetliner has been quarantined at New York ’s JFK airport amid reports of passengers feeling sick on board.

The airline said 10 people had been taken ill, but US media said dozens were affected.

Police and health officials are responding to the situation, and emergency vehicles have been seen on the runway.

Flight 203 from Dubai arrived at about 09:10 local time (13.10 GMT).

Emirates airline tweeted that the sick passengers were being attended to and those who were unaffected would soon be allowed to leave the plane.

ABC News reports that the pilot raised concerns prior to landing that many of the passengers were coughing and experiencing high temperatures.

Food poisoning is suspected as a cause.

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