If there’s anything that ranks up there with shouting “fire!” in a crowded theater, it’s probably telling a packed plane full of vacation-bound passengers that you have Ebola. But that’s exactly what one American man did Wednesday on a U.S. Airways flight to Punta Cana. According to reports, the 54-year-old was sneezing when he told fellow passengers that he had been to Africa and shouted, “I have Ebola, you are all screwed!”
The flight was held at the airport upon landing, and a badass flight attendant took control of the situation, as seen in a cell-phone video of what transpired. “It’s gonna look worse than it is, okay?” she said before men in hazmat suits walked onto the plane. “I’ve done this for 36 years. I think the man that said this is an idiot, and I’ll say that straight up.”
Four men in protective gear boarded the plane to remove the man, who muttered, “I ain’t from Africa, shit,” as he was being escorted off.
Needless to say, the Dominican Republic did not want such a character wandering its streets, even if — as it turned out — he had not actually been to Africa. Once he was cleared by medics, they quickly shipped him back to the U.S.