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Hazmat officials board Ryanair flight at Stansted and drag off Covid-infected passenger who broke quarantine by taking seat AFTER getting text alert that he had tested positive in airport (9 Pics)

Holidaymakers were left gripping their seats in horror last night as hazmat-clad officials rushed onto a Ryanair plane as it say at London Stansted and removed a passenger after he received a text saying he had tested positive for coronavirus. 
The passenger and his travel companion were taken off the plane minutes before it was due to take-off from London and moved to the airport's isolation area, where they were met by health authorities.
Their seats and the overhead cabin bins were then disinfected before the plane was allowed to fly to Pisa in Italy one hour and 40 minutes behind schedule, according to Flight Radar. 
The passenger, who has not been named, breached coronavirus quarantine restrictions by leaving their home and boarding the flight. 
Ryanair said in a statement that the passenger received a text message minutes before his departure that he had tested positive for Covid-19.
The spokesman said: The passenger and his travel companion were immediately offloaded and taken to a Stansted Airport isolation area where they were assisted by local public health authorities. 
'Since this passenger and his companion had complied fully with Ryanair health regulations, they were both wearing masks at all times at Stansted Airport and for the very short period (less than 10 minutes) they were seated on the aircraft prior to departure.
'There was little if any risk of Covid-19 transmission to other passengers or crew members as all of whom were also wearing face masks at all times.
'The aircraft departed for Pisa following a delay of 1 hour and 20 mins to allow for the empty seats and overhead cabin bins to be disinfected to comply with all UK health authority guidance. Ryanair apologises to all passengers for this short delay'.  


Hazmat-clad officials boarded a plane in London Stansted after a passenger received a text from track-and-trace minutes before take off. The flight was bound for Pisa
Hazmat-clad officials boarded a plane in London Stansted after a passenger received a text from track-and-trace minutes before take off. The flight was bound for Pisa
Horrified passengers clutched their seats as the customer was escorted off the flight
It was still allowed to travel on to Pisa after the individual was removed
Horrified passengers clutched their seats as the customer was escorted off the flight with their travel companion. The plane was still allowed to travel on to Pisa
Shocking video shows three officials dressed head-to-toe in protective gear approaching the individual on the plane as a crew member tried to keep passengers in their seats.
The shocking revelation could throw the carefully-crafted air bridges scheme into turmoil, where people are allowed to travel between certain countries without having to self-isolate.
Instructions on NHS England's website warn those with symptoms to stay at home and avoid all travel.
Instructions on the Department of Health website read: 'If you are getting a coronavirus test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must self-isolate until you get your result.
'This also applies to anyone in your support bubble (where someone who lives alone - or just with their children - can meet people from one other household).' 
It can take up to 72 hours for tests to be completed to show whether someone has coronavirus.
A passenger onboard the plane posted a picture of themselves wearing a facemask with the caption: 'The face when you are about to take off and someone gets a text from track and trace.'
They added that police came onto the plane and claimed the individual was tested for coronavirus.
Stansted airport said: 'The airport were made aware of the passenger by the airline and our fire service attended the aircraft and escorted the passenger (and travel partner) to an isolation area where they were put in contact with Public Health England, who then oversaw the passenger's onward journey.' 
The chaotic flight comes as:
  • As many as 40 coronavirus outbreaks are identified at food processing sites across the UK leaving supermarkets including Marks & Spencers with a shortage of prawn mayonnaise, BLT and other types of sandwiches;
  • Matt Hancock chairs a meeting on local lockdowns amid fears Birmingham could be the next to face tougher coronavirus restrictions;
  • The Health Secretary insisted earlier that £13 isn't enough for low-paid workers in Covid-hit areas to survive if they self-isolate;
  • Europe's second wave continues with France's Covid R rate hitting 1.4, Spain topping the US in cases per million and Italy recording its highest daily case toll since May;
  • Ministers are expected to make a decision tonight on whether to add Switzerland, the Czech Republic or Jamaica to the UK's quarantine travel list; 
  • Thousands of students prepare to return to the classroom for the first time next week;
  • England and Wales announce eight more coronavirus deaths. A full update on the number of cases is expected later this afternoon. 
The Ryanair flight was still allowed to continue to Pisa. It is believed that no further action was taken by Italian authorities, and no other passengers were required to self-isolate. 
A crew member was filmed trying to calm passengers down and keep them in their seats
A crew member was filmed trying to calm passengers down and keep them in their seats
A crew member was filmed trying to calm passengers down and keep them in their seats

The Ryanair flight was delayed for an hour and 40 minutes as the passenger's seat and overhead cabin was disinfected in line with government guidance
The Ryanair flight was delayed for an hour and 40 minutes as the passenger's seat and overhead cabin was disinfected in line with government guidance
Italy, which was at the epicentre of the pandemic, made facemasks mandatory in 'all spaces open to the public' between 6pm and 6am on August 16.
The country is currently battling a second wave of coronavirus, although the government has already promised it will not return to a similar lockdown to the one seen earlier this year. It recorded 1,367 new cases yesterday, the highest number since May 12.
Italy remains on the government's travel corridor scheme, meaning people travelling from the UK to Italy will not need to undertake a 14-day quarantine. Its coronavirus infection rate remains about half the rate of the UK.
Austria, Croatia and Trinidad and Tobago were all struck off the list this week, joining France, the Netherlands, Belgium and many other countries. Travellers arriving in the UK from these countries will need to quarantine for 14 days.
Thousands of British holidays were thrown into chaos at the end of last month when Spain was removed from the airbridge scheme. 
Spain, France and Italy are all seeing surges in the number of coronavirus cases, as a second wave of infection takes hold across Europe
Spain, France and Italy are all seeing surges in the number of coronavirus cases, as a second wave of infection takes hold across Europe
Italy is also beginning to see its cases rise again, after logging 1,367 new cases on Wednesday, the highest figure the country has seen since May
Italy is also beginning to see its cases rise again, after logging 1,367 new cases on Wednesday, the highest figure the country has seen since May
Italy logged 13 deaths from the virus on Wednesday, a slight increase on the previous day, but fatalities have so-far not kept pace with infections
Italy logged 13 deaths from the virus on Wednesday, a slight increase on the previous day, but fatalities have so-far not kept pace with infections
Europe is continuing to battle a second wave of the pandemic as France, Spain and Italy all record large jumps in the number of coronavirus cases they are seeing.
France announced it had added 5,429 cases overnight, marking its largest single-day jump since April 14, and the third-largest daily rise since the pandemic began.
Jean Castex, the French prime minister, said the country's R rate is now at 1.4, well above the crucial 1 figure needed to keep the infection curve flat.
Spain registered another 7,296 cases, enough to push the country above the US - the world's worst-affected nation - in number of cases per million inhabitants, based on a seven-day rolling average.
The Home Office has been contacted for comment. 

NHS Test and Trace: What to do if you've been in contact with a person with coronavirus

If you're told you've been in contact with someone who has coronavirus:
Advice on NHS England says you should stay at home for 14 days from the day you were last in contact with that person as it can take this long for symptoms to appear. You are also required to do the following:  
  • Do not leave your home for any reason - if you need food or medicine, order it online or by phone, or ask friends and family to drop it off at your home
  • Do not have visitors in your home, including friends or family, except for essential care
  • Try to avoid contact with anyone you live with as much as possible
  • People you live with do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms
  • People in your support bubble do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms
If you get symptoms of coronavirus:  
  • Get a test to check whether you have coronavirus as soon as possible
  • Anyone you live with must self-isolate until you've been tested and received your result
  • Anyone in your support bubble must self-isolate until you've been tested and received your result 

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