Northern Ireland

Passengers held on tarmac at Belfast International after chicken pox scare

Health check was carried out after passenger showed symptoms on Monday

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A Jet2 flight was held on the tarmac at Belfast International Airport on Monday as a health check took place. (Nicholas.T.Ansell/PA)

Passengers on a flight that had landed at Belfast International Airport were forced to wait on the plane during a health check sparked by concerns over chicken pox.

The incident happened on Monday on-board a Jet2 flight from Alicante in Spain that arrived at around 2.35pm.

A spokesperson for Jet2 said: “We can confirm that Port Health officials boarded flight LS302 earlier today after reports of a customer showing possible chicken pox symptoms.”

They said that passengers were allowed to disembark the aircraft after a “short delay”, adding: “We apologise for any inconvenience.”

It is understood the health check was aimed at ensuring the symptoms showed by the passenger were not a sign of measles, which can lead to serious and life-threatening conditions for adults who contract the virus.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) said it was “made aware of an individual with possible symptoms of chicken pox” on the flight.

“Following a risk assessment, the PHA provided public health advice and no further actions are required,” a spokesperson said.