Couple arrested after testing positive for COVID-19, then boarding flight to Hawaii


A couple on their way home to Hawaii with their 4-year-old were arrested Sunday after they boarded a United Airlines flight from San Francisco, just after testing positive for COVID-19.

According to a Public Information Officer at Kaua‘i Police Department, the couple, Wesley Moribe and Courtney Peterson were taken into custody at the Lihue Airport in Hawaii after officials were notified that they took a flight after testing positive for the coronavirus.

PEOPLE reports that even though the couple had received positive results and had been instructed by the Quarantine Station at the San Francisco International Airport to isolate and not to board the plane, Moribe, 41, and Peterson, 46, still got on their flight.

A spokesperson from United tells PEOPLE, "We are investigating this matter further to assess these passengers' ability to fly on United in the future."

"The health and safety of our employees and customers is our highest priority, which is why we have various policies and procedures in place as part of a multi-layered approach to create a safer travel environment," the spokesperson continues. "Prior to traveling, all United customers are required to complete a 'Ready to Fly' checklist acknowledging they have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days."

The couple were arrested, and both posted a $1,000 bail. The 4-year-old was released into the custody of a family member and Child Protective Services was contacted.

"The Kauai Police Department, working alongside our county and state partners, remain diligent in protecting the health and safety of our island," Chief of Police Todd G. Raybuck said in a statement. "We continue to request visitors and residents alike to follow the Governor’s Emergency Rules and take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19."