Plane held at Nashville International Airport after passenger reports illness

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American Airlines plane held at airport

Passengers aboard a plane at Nashville International Airport were quarantined for about 90 minutes Thursday morning while the plane sat on the tarmac. 

A representative from American Airlines confirmed to News 2 that flight number 1289 from Los Angeles to Nashville was held after someone displayed signs of illness. 

The plane landed just before 5 a.m. and was held on the taxiway.

A Vanderbilt doctor who dealt with the passenger tells News 2 the passenger previously had viral meningitis but is no longer contagious.  

Nashville International Airport released a statement explaining the precautionary measure:  

The passenger was medically cleared to fly by a physician prior to the flight but did not have paperwork. For safety, passengers were held by BNA Police until contact was made with the physician to confirm clearance, which it was. All passengers have been released to continue with their travels.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he was on the plane, and tweeted about his experience in a series of tweets. 

  “5 hr red eye flight on @AmericanAir Nashville from LA. On ground for 40 min and now told someone on board is sick & we are being towed to other gate and quarantined until all checked out. Can’t get up to go to bathroom or get off plane. It’s the Russians! I just know it!” one tweet read.   

A second tweet read, “1 hr after landing got to far away gate where @AmericanAir will hopefully get us off this plane! Medical personal at gate. Hope it’s not because I got that straw in CA!” 

A final tweet said, “Kudos to @AmericanAir pilot and crew-handled medical issue on red eye from LAX to Nashville very professionally. We were held for a while as medical personnel made sure the person wasn’t Gwyneth Paltrow from Contagion. Seriously, hope the lady is okay–taken on gurney.”

Specifics on the patient’s illness weren’t immediately released.

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