French authorities prevented, on Wednesday, 147 passengers and the plane’s crew at Perpignan airport, southern France, from leaving the plane and forced them to stay in the plane for about an hour.
The reason for this procedure, according to media sources, is the suspicion of the injury of one of the passengers, a child who suffer cholera, after the pilot told the authorities of his country about that.
The plane landed at Perpignan airport at around 2:15 pm, arriving from Oran airport before passengers were prevented from leaving the plane, which caused confusion, concern and panic before knowing the truth, the sources said.
Passengers were forced to stay on board until the arrival of a specialized doctor who had undergone a medical check-up.
The suspects remained for about an hour on the plane before leaving it, after being asked to cleanse and wash their hands, while the concerned passenger was taken to hospital.
Rumors were circulating when the Health Ministry announced the epidemic, then the French authorities decided to require every Algerian to provide a medical certificate when arriving to its territory, proving his/her safety of cholera, then the embassy of France in Algeria rushed to refute this information in an official statement.