PHILADELPHIA -- It was a nerve-wracking two-hour ordeal for passengers on a US Airways flight to the Dominican Republic when a so-called joke triggered a full-scale Ebola scare.
A passenger set off the panic when he stood up and shouted "I have Ebola. You're all screwed."
Everyone on the plane then was ordered to stay in their seats as hazardous material crews stormed the cabin.
The flight from Philadelphia was checked and cleared but passengers were stuck on the plane for two hours. It's unclear what happened to the man who made the claim. The incident is only the beginning of a new front in the fight to stop the spread of Ebola.
Passengers leaving the hot zone will be checked for symptoms, answering questions and having their temperatures taken when they arrive stateside at five major U.S. airports: New York's JFK International, Newark, Washington-Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago O'Hare.