A Michigan school teacher traveling over the holidays voluntarily isolated in an airplane’s tiny bathroom for five hours after testing positive for COVID-19 mid-flight.
Marisa Fotieo was on a flight to Reykjavik, Iceland from Chicago on Dec. 20 when her throat began to hurt, TODAY reported. With rapid test kits handy, Fotieo decided to take one “and within what felt like two seconds” discovered she was positive for the virus.
“There’s 150 people on the flight, and my biggest fear was giving it to them,” she told TODAY.
She decided it would be best to quarantine herself in the airplane’s bathroom for the remainder of the flight which she estimated was five hours. She filmed what it was like in the tiny quarters in a video with over 4 million views on TikTok.
“Shout out to @Icelandair for my VIP quarantine quarters..” she captioned the TikTok with #luxuryliving and #imsolucky hashtags,
According to TODAY, Fotieo said she was able to make it through isolating in the cramped space because of flight attendant Ragnhildur “Rocky” Eiríksdóttir, who provided food and drinks, and “constantly checked” on her.
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Before departing the plane, Fotieo exchanged Instagram handles with Eiríksdóttir and later isolated again at the Red Cross hotel in Iceland.
To her surprise, Eiríksdóttir sent her flowers and a little Christmas tree with lights so she could have a glimmer of holiday joy on Christmas despite having to quarantine alone.
In another TikTok, she said Eiríksdóttir was “truly an angel on this Earth” and brought her more gifts to open on Christmas morning.
Fotieo is one of many affected by COVID-19 during the holiday season as the omicron variant is surging and thousands of flights have been impacted.
As of Thursday morning, more than 1,000 U.S. flights were cancelled and over 500 are delayed, according to Flight Aware. The U.S. reported a record high of more than 500,000new COVID-19 cases on Monday.
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