Mike Huckabee Quarantined in Nashville

Huckabee, others on plane held against their will at “remote part of airport;” possibly exposed to illness

| Morning Express with Robin Meade

| A load of passengers on a flight from Los Angeles were held on the plane at Nashville International Airport due to an ill passenger on board. Source: HLN

 

Former Arkansas governor and two-time Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said he was stuck on a “quarantined” plane Thursday morning at Nashville International Airport.

Michael Schwab/USA TODAY NETWORK – TENNESSEE – Tweeting from the plane, Huckabee said at 5:31 a.m. the red-eye American Airlines flight from Los Angeles had been on the ground for 40 minutes and passengers were told “someone on board is sick.”

Leslie Mayo, a spokesperson for American Airlines, said flight 1289 landed just before 5 a.m. and was moved to a “remote area of the airport” while paramedics evaluated a passenger.

Just before 7 a.m., Nashville International Airport spokesperson Shannon Sumrall confirmed passengers had been released from the plane.

In a statement, Sumrall said the passenger in question had been “medically cleared by a physician prior to the flight” but did not have paperwork.

The passenger “was talking about the recent illness and other passengers on board became worried of exposure,” Sumrall said. The flight crew notified the airport.

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“For safety, passengers were held by BNA Police until contact was made with the physician to confirm clearance, which it was,” Sumrall said.

Gov. Mike Huckabee

@GovMikeHuckabee
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!

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Huckabee jokes about Russia, straws to blame for plane delay
“Can’t get up to go to bathroom or get off plane,” Huckabee wrote as he was waiting.

Gov. Mike Huckabee

@GovMikeHuckabee
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!

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He then began making jokes, blaming the inconvenience on current events.

“It’s the Russians!” Huckabee tweeted. “I just know it.”

It wasn’t the first time Huckabee has joked blaming unpleasant circumstances on “Russian meddling” in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

“Hope it’s not because I got that straw in CA!” he followed in another tweet, referencing bans on plastic straws in some California cities.

After getting off the plane, Huckabee tweeted again at 8 a.m., thanking the American Airlines pilot and crew for handling the situation professionally. He then cracked another joke, that time about the patient.

“We were held for a while as medical personnel made sure the person wasn’t Gwyneth Paltrow from Contagion,” Huckabee tweeted. “Seriously, hope the lady is okay–taken on gurney.”

Gov. Mike Huckabee

@GovMikeHuckabee
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.

9:00 AM – Aug 16, 2018

Read the full story at The Tennesseean. 

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