CHARLOTTE, North Carolina_Authorities quarantined an arriving US Airways flight Friday at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport after a passenger claimed he had smallpox, an airline spokesman said.
Health officials quarantined the Airbus A319 carrying 112 passengers and four crew members coming in from New Orleans, US Airways spokesman Morgan Durrant said.
Scott White, a spokesman at Carolinas Medical Center, where the passenger was taken for tests, said the man does not have the disease, which was eradicated in 1980.
"There's no evidence of smallpox," said Rick Christenbury, spokesman for Mecklenburg County Health Department.
The plane was cleared Friday night after officials confirmed the threat was false.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spokeswoman Julie Hill said no decision had been made on whether to charge the man, whose condition was still being evaluated Friday night.
Health officials quarantined the Airbus A319 carrying 112 passengers and four crew members coming in from New Orleans.
The man lit a cigarette, argued with a flight attendant and urinated in an aisle during Flight 1502 from Orlando, Fla., to Washington, D.C.
Man with rare and dangerous form of tuberculosis has been placed in quarantine after possibly exposing passengers and crew on two trans-Atlantic flights.
Health officials in North America and Europe are trying to track down airline passengers who sat near man infected with dangerous drug-resistant form of tuberculosis.