Ebola Patient Jet Made More Flights


Despite Frontier Airlines stating that it grounded the jet that carried a Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola immediately after it was notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it had made five additional flights before it was parked. Frontier said it was notified late Tuesday night by the CDC about the patient, who had flown on Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on the last trip of the day on Monday-however, by the time of the notification, the Airbus A320 had flown back to Cleveland, then to Fort Lauderdale, to Cleveland, and then to Atlanta and finally back to Cleveland, according to Flightaware.com.

Frontier said that it was working with the CDC to find and contact each of the 132 passengers on the Monday flight that transported the Ebola patient. According to a Los Angeles Times report, the airplane went through a routine but “thorough” cleaning Monday night that included wiping down tray tables, vacuuming carpet and disinfecting restrooms. According to the cabin crew, the nurse “exhibited no symptoms or sign of illness” while on Flight 1143.