The fountains at Cleveland Airport are closed after Frontier passengers get sick

At least six passengers boarded Frontier Airlines Flight 1397 on Tuesday aboard Tampa became ill after leaving Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

The passengers, who were not traveling in groups, were vomiting at the time of landing the plane, said Janet Scherberger, spokeswoman for Tampa International Airport.

Although health officials have not confirmed the cause of the disease, officials at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are investigating the possibility that the fountains could have contributed to it.

Michele Dynia, spokeswoman for the airport, said the airport was not sure that nauseated passengers were drinking in the fountains closed, but the fountains were removed as a precaution. All remain off until the tests can be completed after the holidays.

When asked if other people at the airport had declared to be sick after drinking at the fountain, Dynia said that no other passenger was ill.

In a statement, Frontier Airlines said that sick passengers had been assessed by medical staff before being released.

"The cause of the disease remains under review.Passenger safety is Frontier's number one priority," said the airline.

the The rest of the passengers had to wait at least an hour and a half aboard the plane in Tampa before they could leave the plane, Scherberger said.

Sandra Palomino, who was traveling on flight 1397 but was not sick, said the passengers were to monitor their health in the next few days.

About 266 passengers were on board during the incident, Scherberger said.

Correction: A previous version of this story was mistaken for a spokesman for the airport. It is not clear if any of the nauseated passengers drank fountains from the airport.

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