Sick passengers on flight from Fiji to LAX treated, allowed to continue traveling: airline

Sick passengers on Fiji Airways

At least a dozen passengers fell ill aboard a Fiji Airways plane on its way to LAX.


One person who was ill aboard a Fiji Airways flight that arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday was hospitalized, officials said.

Medical personnel evaluated 12 people complaining of nausea and vomiting, and one asked to be taken to a hospital, said Margaret Stewart, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The hospitalized passenger was later released and cleared to continue traveling, according to a statement from Fiji Airways.

The 12 passengers had traveled on Flight 810 from Nadi, Fiji, to LAX, and while in Nadi, had stayed in the same hotel, according to a statement from LAX.


The Airbus 330 had 261 passengers and 11 crew members and landed about 1:45 p.m., LAX officials said.

As a precaution, the airline sent samples of its inflight food for testing, and the hotel in Fiji where affected guests were staying was also notified about the reports of illness, according to Fiji Airways.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Customs and Border protection were called to assess the patients.

The passengers had to remain on the plane until they were cleared by medical professionals, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said.


Times staff writer Matt Hamilton contributed to this report.

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