Frontier Airlines notifying people on 5 more flights they were on same plane Ebola patient flew

Posted at 1:23 PM, Oct 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-16 15:18:31-04

Frontier Airlines is now notifying people on five flights that they flew on the same plane as a nurse who was showing a symptom of Ebola, ABC NEWS has confirmed.

Initially, Frontier Airlines asked people who flew on the same two flights as the woman -- Flight 1142 from Dallas-Fort Worth to Cleveland Oct. 10 and Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas Oct. 13 -- to contact the CDC at 1-800 CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).

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Now, Frontier says the airline is in the process of reaching out to passengers that were on five flights on Oct. 14 that were flown by the plane the victim was on Oct. 13.

Those flights were:

  • Flt. 2042 DFW-CLE (departs 7:50 a.m. CDT, arrives 11:27 a.m. EDT)
  • Flt. 1104 CLE-FLL (departs 12:13 p.m. EDT, arrives 3:01 p.m. EDT)
  • Flt. 1105 FLL-CLE (departs 3:43 p.m. EDT, arrives 6:25 p.m. EDT)
  • Flt. 1101 CLE-ATL (departs 7:14 p.m. EDT, arrives 9:07 p.m. EDT)
  • Flt. 1100 ATL-CLE (departs 9:57 p.m. EDT, arrives 11:00 p.m. EDT)

Frontier said it pulled the plane from service around 1 a.m. Oct. 15, after it was notified that the latest Ebola patient, nurse Amber Vinson, had tested positive for the disease and had flown on Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas.

Frontier flew the plane, without commercial passengers, to its hub at Denver International Airport Wednesday night. Frontier said while the plane was cleaned to CDC standards on Monday and Tuesday night, that it will now remove the seat covers and carpets in the immediate vicinity of Vinson's seat.

The airline will also change the environmental filters onboard.

"These extraordinary actions went beyond CDC recommendations," according to a letter from David Siegel, the CEO of Frontier Airlines. "These steps were taken out of concern for the safety of our customers and employees. Steps such as removing the aircraft from service, removing aircraft seat covers and carpet and replacing environmental filters as well as placing the crew on paid leave were not requested nor mandated by the CDC. Frontier expects that the aircraft will return to service in a few days."

ABC NEWS said it has learned that Vinson was seated in the middle of the airplane, but Frontier will not release any further details on her seat location.