Passengers May Seek Legal Action Against United Airlines After Being Exposed to COVID-19 on Flight That Man Died On
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United Airlines could face legal issues after exposing its passengers to COVID-19.
Jefferson Parish, Louisiana coroners confirmed to NBC News Tuesday that 69-year-old Los Angeles resident Isaias Hernandez died of "acute respiratory failure" and "COVID-19" after being on a United Airlines flight from Orlando , Florida, was ill last Monday to LA. Following the illness, two passengers - a nurse and an EMT - performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him before the flight was diverted to New Orleans, where Hernandez eventually passed away.
According to witnesses, passengers heard the man's wife say he had "COVID-like" symptoms before he died. This was news for passengers who said they were not warned by United Airlines that a person with COVID symptoms was on the flight. Now several passengers claim to have health problems after the incident.
Francois Montinat tells TMZ that he now "has severe congestion of the nose and head". Also, passengers Megan Hubbard and Cameron Roberts have had problems since the plane landed in LA. Roberts says he suffered from symptoms while the situation scared Hubbard. These passengers are now looking for United Airlines to pay for their medical expenses because the correct protocol was not followed.
The airlines responded to these complaints by stating that they are asking all passengers to fill out a form stating that they have not tested positive and have no COVID-19 symptoms, but Hernandez failed to truthfully complete this form.
"It now appears he didn't fill that out exactly," United spokesman Charlie Hobart told NBC News. "The health and well-being of our crew and passengers are our top priority."
The airline has now handed its passenger list to the CDC for contact tracing, and the flight attendants on this trip are now in quarantine.
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