Delta flight grounded at JFK over coronavirus fears

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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Coronavirus concerns temporarily grounded a Delta flight at John F. Kennedy Airport Monday night, the airline confirmed.

The flight was set to head to Seattle, Washington but instead returned to JFK after a passenger on board discovered they had possibly been exposed to someone who tested positive for coronavirus.

According to Delta, the passenger alerted a flight attendant and the aviation medical consultants recommended the customer be taken off the plane for evaluation.

The aircraft was then cleaned following the guidelines from the Center For Disease Control and local health officials, Delta said.

"The safety and health of our customers and crew remain our top priority," a statement from Delta said.

Eventually, the flight was eventually able to take off and departed JFK Airport around 10 p.m. Monday.