Dramatic video shows the moment the passenger was “offloaded” after he had taken his seat despite receiving a text message from the Government telling him he had caught the deadly virus.
The scenes were captured by another passenger on Wednesday, just minutes before take-off on a Pisa-bound flight from Stansted Airport.
The passenger and his companion were taken to the airport’s isolation area, and seats and cabin bins were disinfected before the flight took off at least one hour and 20 minutes late.
A Rynair spokesman said: “A passenger who boarded a flight from London Stansted to Pisa on Wednesday, August 26, received a text message notification before departure that he had tested positive for Covid-19.
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“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 1hr 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.”
The clip, posted by Twitter user “FionnMurphy10”, shows all passengers gripping their seats while three officials covered in full protective gear approach a man at the front of the plane.
One flight attendant is seen walking along the aisle to conduct the pre-takeoff check as the scenes unfold behind her.
NHS England and government guidelines state you must self-isolate for at least 10 days if you receive a text message notification telling you of your positive tes.
Dramatic footage has captured the moment Hazmat suit-wearing health officials boarded a Ryanair plane after one of the passengers had tested positive for coronavirus.
The incident happened minutes before takeoff on a Pisa-bound flight from London Stansted Airport on Wednesday.
The passenger and his travel companion stayed on the plane for less than 10 minutes before the officials removed them from the plane, Ryanair said.
A London Stansted airport spokesman said: “We 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.”
Another shocked passenger took to Instagram to post a picture of herself and a friend wearing facemasks on the flight with the caption: “The face when you are about to take off and someone gets a text from track and trace.”
She claimed police had boarded the plane.
It is understood that Italian authorities took no further action when the flight landed in Pisa, with no other passengers entering isolation.
Facemasks are mandatory in all public spaces between 6pm and 6am in Italy, which recorded 1,367 new cases in 24 hours yesterday.
In the UK, the Department of Health says that anyone awaiting test results that has coronavirus symptoms should self-isolate until they receive the result.
It can take up to 72 hours for these tests to be completed.
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).’