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Numerous People Sick - United A320 Diverted To ORD  
User currently offlineBigSaabowski From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 147 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 12103 times:

United Airlines flight 167 landed at O'Hare about 8:30 p.m. after reports of one or more passengers sick on the plane, city Dept. of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride said.

According to unconfirmed reports, 12 to 16 people were sick on the plane, causing it to make an emergency landing.

Further details were not immediately available.


http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=6440209

Hope it wasn't snakes.

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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7737 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 12101 times:



Quoting BigSaabowski (Thread starter):
Hope it wasn't snakes.

It was the fish.




Plane came from Boston, maybe a group of people that came down with a case of food poisoning.



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User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2404 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 12068 times:



Quoting DesertJets (Reply 1):
Plane came from Boston, maybe a group of people that came down with a case of food poisoning.

Yeah I wonder if they are all the same party (as in group of people not going to a party come on)?



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User currently offlineBigSaabowski From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 12002 times:

Could be just a chain reaction. Sometimes, when one person vomits, others just can't help but join the party.

User currently offlineJkudall From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 11959 times:



Quoting BigSaabowski (Reply 3):
Could be just a chain reaction. Sometimes, when one person vomits, others just can't help but join the party.

Exactly. It looks better for the eventual class-action law suit.


User currently offlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 11489 times:



Quoting DesertJets (Reply 1):
It was the fish.

Nah, it wasn't Maple Leaf Air Charter from YYZ to YVR  Smile.



WARNING! The post above should be taken with a grain of salt! Furthermore, it may be slightly biased towards A.
User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 11459 times:



Quoting N867BX (Reply 7):
Quoting DesertJets (Reply 1):
It was the fish.

I had the lasagna.

There was food served on a domestic flight??!!!



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User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 11382 times:

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 11):
There was food served on a domestic flight??!!!

"...Sources say everyone affected was from the same tour group. One passenger from that group told a flight attendant prior to taking off that she wasn't feeling well.



Food was reportedly not served on board the flight...."

They must have eaten "Boston Chowder" somewhere- makes me sick as well..  Wink

[Edited 2008-10-09 01:05:30]


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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12878 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 11143 times:

Most of the time food illnesses take from a few hours to a day to show symptoms. This would suggest that they probably got sick a late dinner the night before through lunch that day and all has the same contaminated item. From what we know, they were sick before the flight. It is unfortunate that it kicked in during their flight and the flight had to divert as so many were ill. UA did the right think under the circumstances.

I am quite sure the place where they ate will be traced and they will get a visit from the appropriate Health Department, possibly fined or some other penalty. Then the sick people will probably sue that restaurant. Perhaps UA should also sue considering the costs of the diversion.


User currently offlineNomadic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 11111 times:

Jim never vo

Quoting BigSaabowski (Reply 3):
Could be just a chain reaction. Sometimes, when one person vomits, others just can't help but join the party

"Jim never vomits at home."


User currently offline2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1022 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 11065 times:



Quoting SQ772 (Reply 11):
There was food served on a domestic flight??!!!

This now gives United a legitimate reason to stop serving pretzels, crackers, and assorted dringks despite that it is likely that the problem was from food eaten prior to the flight.

Just the chane that it was United served items - and the associated legal liablity - will be enough to end all food and drink service...


User currently offlineQ120 From Canada, joined Aug 2008, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 10988 times:

Could be a unserviceable Yaw damper.... possibly during the flight it malfunctioned and the crew didn't notice or something around those lines. The Yaw damper could most definately lead to sick passengers.  vomit 


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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7737 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 9537 times:



Quoting SQ772 (Reply 6):
There was food served on a domestic flight??!!!

It's a joke. Go and rent the 1980 classic "Airplane" and you will get it.



Ok, make sense that it was an entire tour group that had a bad meal. That sounds pretty awful. Being sick to your stomach is one thing, being sick to your stomach while stuck on a plane seems even worse.



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User currently offlineAlexA340B777 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2008, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 9356 times:

One question coming into my mind:

Do captain and first officer have to eat different meals on board a flight to prevent possible food-poisoning through airline-meals?



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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 9205 times:



Quote:
There was food served on a domestic flight?

That was my first reaction as well!!

Oh, wait...

Quote:
Food was reportedly not served on board the flight.

At least that keeps the plane clean...as well as bug-free!!

And yes, I can quote every line from "Airplane!" - that's a standing challenge to every a.netter here...although I can imagine there would be some tough competition.



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User currently offlineJetMARC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 543 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 9205 times:



Quoting AlexA340B777 (Reply 13):
Do captain and first officer have to eat different meals on board a flight to prevent possible food-poisoning through airline-meals?

That's exactly the reason why two different meal types are required to be served.



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User currently offlinePlatinumfoota From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 554 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7145 times:
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So UA167 is a BOS-LAX flight which I have taken many times. Its sometimes a 6 hour flight, pretty long to keep someone ill onboard, UA did the right thing. According to Flightaware they made a U-Turn after flying over Chicago.
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/U...7/history/20081008/2232Z/KBOS/KORD



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7623 posts, RR: 23
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6863 times:
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Quoting Jkudall (Reply 4):
Exactly. It looks better for the eventual class-action law suit.

Oh come on, that's a bit of a harsh judgement at this stage isn't it?



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User currently offlineArcrftLvr From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 819 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6247 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 1):
It was the fish.

Yes, yes, I remember, I had lasagna.

Quoting SQ772 (Reply 6):
There was food served on a domestic flight??!!!

Only Trans-American Airlines and only on the LAX-ORD route.

[Edited 2008-10-09 12:32:29]

User currently offlineArcrftLvr From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 819 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6156 times:



Quoting ArcrftLvr (Reply 18):
Only Trans-American Airlines and only on the LAX-ORD route.

For those of you wondering, that's TA flight #209er.


User currently offlineJbernie From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 880 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5852 times:



Quoting DesertJets (Reply 12):
Ok, make sense that it was an entire tour group that had a bad meal. That sounds pretty awful. Being sick to your stomach is one thing, being sick to your stomach while stuck on a plane seems even worse.

Made even worse by the number of sick people would likely exceed the number of available restrooms... need at least one rest room kept clean for the rest of the people.

1 or 2 people sick... we can get by... maybe

a tour group sick? land asap and get them off the plane, even if you dont get a class action from the sick people for not landing you would get one from the healthy people for not landing.

very unfortunate for all those on board.


User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5705 times:



Quoting AlexA340B777 (Reply 13):
Do captain and first officer have to eat different meals on board a flight to prevent possible food-poisoning through airline-meals?

Unsure, but I would say no.

Quoting JetMARC (Reply 15):
That's exactly the reason why two different meal types are required to be served.

Not necessarily. When we get crew meals domestically, they are all the same for pilots and f/a. Internationally, there is a choice, but that choice may end up being the same thing (read: no choice left).



You can't cure stupid
User currently offlineJkudall From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5458 times:



Quoting RussianJet (Reply 17):
Oh come on, that's a bit of a harsh judgement at this stage isn't it?

I was being sarcastic. It was a joke.


User currently offlineDC8FanJet From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5380 times:

I understand that it was a Tour Group, mostly elderly, virus worked it's way throughout the group during their Fall Foliage Tour in New England. Nothing to do with the flight, just several folks not feeling very well when they boarded.

User currently offlineEADC8 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4064 times:

Are they sure it wasn't a bunch of business travelers checking their stock portfolios?


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25 DTWAGENT : It was the Lobster's that did it........... That and the butter will make you sick real fast if you get one that is bad/not cook right. chuck
26 RussianJet : A fairly unsuccessful one, given that people do regularly sue for less in your country.
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