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Passengers held for health tests

NEARLY 200 passengers on a flight that arrived in Shanghai yesterday from Canada were taken to a hotel for health checks after three people on the plane were found to have elevated temperatures.

The China Eastern Airlines flight from Vancouver landed at Pudong International Airport at about 2:55pm, and passengers were informed they could not get off the aircraft because a boy was running a fever.

"We waited for a long time, and some passengers became very impatient and had a conflict with the crew," said Shanghai resident James Zhang, who was on the flight. "They wanted to leave the plane as soon as possible."

Technicians in protective clothing from the Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau then came on board and checked everyone's temperature, he said.

3 sent to hospital

The boy, about three to four years old, and two other passengers whose forehead temperatures exceeded 38 degrees Celsius were sent to an undisclosed hospital, according to Zhang.

After the three were removed, the other passengers were asked to fill out a health form, and the crew told them they would receive "further inspection" at a hotel before going home.

After two hours, a bus came to take passengers to the Shanghai Yichen Hotel, about a 10-minute ride from the airport. "We checked in and are waiting for our dinner," Zhang said yesterday evening. "But no one told us how long we will be here."

China Eastern Airlines and the Shanghai Health Bureau refused to comment. An official at the entry-exit bureau said he was not aware of the situation.


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