Aer Lingus flight EI433, carrying 142 passengers, was put in lockdown on Dublin airport, Ireland, on October 29.
The incident happened after an Italian passenger wrote ‘Attentione Ebola’ on a coffee cup and handed it over to a crew member.
According to an airport spokesperson, “A passenger on board an Aer Lingus flight from Milan has made a claim during the flight that he had the Ebola virus…As a precaution the plane’s captain alerted authorities and opted not to deplane passengers pending further investigations.”
The passengers were allowed to disembark after Roberto Binaschi, 56 was arrested, along with his wife, aged 51, and daughter,aged 23.
The health officials confirmed that neither of them had Ebola virus.
The female passengers were later released without any charge while Binaschi appeared in Dublin District Court and pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening and abusive behavior on board. He was spared conviction on condition that he will give €2,500 to charity.