Passengers on 2 flights from Europe arrive sick in Philly

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"CDC is aware of two American Airlines flights from Paris and Germany that arrived at PHL airport this afternoon with ill passengers on board", Haynes said in a statement.

Customs and Border Protection officials told NBC San Diego that the sick passengers all originated from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where there was recently a flu outbreak.

On Wednesday, NBC News reported an Emirates flight arriving from Dubai and landing in John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City was being quarantined after many passengers reported feeling sick.

It comes just days after an Emirates flight from Dubai to NY was quarantined after a sickness onboard. The rep added, "symptoms still pointing to the flu".

No one on either plane was quarantined, American Airlines spokeswoman Leslie Scott said.

Vanilla Ice was among the passengers on a plane that was quarantined at JFK airport in NY on Wednesday and the rapper documented the scary moments on Twitter.

Dozens of ambulances met the aircraft
Image Dozens of ambulances met the aircraft

"This is insane. Apparently there [are] over 100 people sick on the bottom floor, so happy I'm up top, it's a double-decker plane 380", the "Ice Ice Baby" artist said.

The 12 passengers reported sore throats and coughs, but after medical inspection, none were found to have fevers, according to CDC. He said the sick people were on what he called the "bottom floor".

"Nine passengers underwent additional medical screening on site before being released, it added".

Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on #EK203 from Dubai to NY were taken ill.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had been briefed on the incident, his spokesman Eric Phillips wrote on Twitter. There were 521 passengers on board Flight EK203, the CDC said. The mayor's office also did not respond to requests for comment.

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