A Chicago teacher who was on a plane to Iceland last week for a European tour said she isolated in a bathroom for four hours following finding out—mid-flight—that she had COVID-19, as stated by reports.
Marisa Fotieo told 13 On Your Side that her trauma commenced somewhere over the Atlantic when she came about a sore throat. She said she packed a few quick tests and took one in the plane’s restroom. She discovered she had the infection within seconds.
She said she communicated a quick-thinking flight attendant, who resolved that there were not adequate vacant seats on the aircraft to efficiently and in good order isolate her. Fotieo told the station that she was concerned about the welfare of the other passengers, so offered to
“just stay in the bathroom for the rest of the flight.”
“I can’t believe I spent four hours in that bathroom, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,”
Her post on TikTok was viewed over three million times.
NBC News reported that Fotieo’s father and brother—who were both on the plane—tested negative upon arrival and continued on to Switzerland. Fotieo stayed back in Reyjavik, where she is quarantining for 10 days.
She commended Icelandair and the flight attendant who assisted her throughout the flight. She said she has been homely in the Red Cross Humanitarian Hotel that she has been staying and intends to leave in a few days.