Chicago teacher quarantines in plane’s bathroom after testing positive for COVID-19

A Chicago teacher found out she tested positive for coronavirus while she was aboard a plane to Iceland last week for a European vacation.

After receiving her positive result mid-flight, she decided the safest and best thing for the other passengers would be for her to quarantine in the plane’s bathroom for the duration of the trip. 

Marisa Fotieo said during an interview with the program 13 On Your Side that the issue began at some location over the Atlantic Ocean when she began to develop a sore throat. She said she had packed several rapid tests with her, and she took one in the aircraft’s bathroom. According to Fotieo, she received a positive test result for the virus within a few seconds of conducting it. 

She said immediately she contacted a flight attendant, who told her there were not enough unoccupied seats for her to be properly isolated within the cabin of the aircraft.

Fotieo added that an important concern for her was the welfare of other passengers, so she offered to “just stay in the bathroom for the rest of the flight.” She continued, saying, “I can’t believe I spent four hours in that bathroom, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

Fotieo made a video of the entire ordeal, which has since gone viral on TikTok with over 3 million views. 

It was later reported that Fotieo’s father and brother, who had both been on the plane with her, tested negative upon arrival in Iceland, so they continued their travel to Switzerland. Fotieo instead stayed back in Reyjavik, where she will finish out her 10 day quarantining period.

She praised both Icelandair and the flight attendant who assisted her during the ordeal, saying she has been comfortable in the Red Cross Humanitarian Hotel where she has been staying during her quarantine. 




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