British Airways flight to Italy forced to return to gate because of coronavirus panic

People wearing face masks arrive at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

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Reactions to the spread of the coronavirus are becoming more extreme, with a British Airways flight returning to the gate at Heathrow airport because of fears of the coronavirus, or Covid-19 virus.

The Airbus was operating flight BA564 destined for Milan.

Over the weekend, the Italian authorities imposed quarantine orders for 10 small towns near the city.

The plane finally left 20 minutes behind schedule.

The airline later said a single passenger had decided to leave the aircraft.

A British Airways spokesperson said: “As with all our customers, we will always respect their wishes if they change their mind about flying at the last minute. The flight left within a few minutes of its scheduled departure time.”

The decision by the passenger appears bizarre, since they had already gone through the most dangerous part of the journey in terms of infection.

There is no Foreign Office warning against visiting Milan or other Italian cities.

Read more via The Independent

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