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Frontier Airlines Passengers Become Ill During Flight Due to Water Fountain

TravelPulse logo TravelPulse 1/2/2019 Donald Wood
Frontier aircraft: PHOTO: Frontier aircraft. (photo courtesy of Frontier Airlines) © Frontier Airlines PHOTO: Frontier aircraft. (photo courtesy of Frontier Airlines)

A Frontier Airlines plane was quarantined in Tampa for over an hour after six passengers onboard became ill during their New Year's Day flight.

According to, Frontier Flight 397 was carrying 226 total passengers from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to Tampa International Airport when six unrelated travelers not sitting together began vomiting.

Flight attendants informed the other passengers what was happening and asked any additional travelers who felt sick to let them know. When the plane landed safely in Tampa at around 3:30 p.m. local time, emergency personnel boarded the flight and removed the six sick passengers.

“It's a little bit concerning just because we didn't know what was going on,” a passenger on the flight named Cris Selong told “We didn't know what made everybody sick.”

Passengers were asked to wait on the plane while health officials wearing masks boarded the flight and conducted tests. The remaining travelers were allowed to deplane shortly after 4:30 p.m. with no additional reports of people getting sick.

Medical officials said they shut down a drinking fountain in the Frontier concourse at the Cleveland airport due to it possibly being the source of the sickness. The airline also released a statement:

“During Frontier flight 1397 from Cleveland to Tampa this afternoon, six passengers became ill. The aircraft was met by local emergency medical services upon arrival in Tampa. Those passengers displaying symptoms were evaluated by medical staff before being released. All other passengers were released after a brief holding period. The cause of the illness remains under investigation. Passenger safety is Frontier’s number one priority.”


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