Ten people on board a 14-hour Emirates flight from Dubai were taken to hospital in NY on Wednesday after USA health authorities mobilized to meet the jet ferrying sick passengers.More news: Planet Nine and six other baffling space mysteries scientists can't explain
The plane was quarantined on Wednesday at Kennedy Airport.
The US Centre for Disease Control initially said that as many as 100 people complained of symptoms - but it has since emerged that many of them were members of the 'worried well, ' as opposed to actually ill.
"All we have been told is that some passengers have fallen ill and we should remain in our seats", said Twitter user Larry Coben.More news: Tropical Storm Gordon forms near Florida Keys
Emirates flight 203, carrying at least 521 passengers, landed shortly after 9am EDT, according to an airlines spokeswoman.
Medical workers in masks and gloves took passengers' temperatures on the tarmac while evaluating them. "Symptoms still pointing to the flu", he tweeted.
United States media showed images of the double decker A380 aircraft isolated on the tarmac at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Because the plane also stopped in Mecca, Phillips tweeted that the flu may be the culprit, as Mecca is now experiencing an outbreak.
The statement was shared by Emirates on Twitter claimed that only 10 people had been treated.More news: In primary stunner, progressive ousts Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano
The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, the organization operating the airport, was not immediately available for comment.