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A teacher was forced to isolate herself in a plane bathroom for four hours after she had tested positive for Covid-19 mid-flight.
Marisa Fotieo, from Chicago, USA, had to stay put in a cramped toilet after she took a rapid lateral flow test on her way to Iceland.
She said her symptoms had developed while they were travelling over the Atlantic when she had suddenly started to get a sore throat, according to 13 On Your Side.
The teacher quickly alerted a flight attendant who told her that there was not enough empty seats for her to isolate safely on the plane.
Marisa then offered to stay in the bathroom for the rest of the flight to protect other passengers, NBC News reports.
She said: "I can’t believe I spent four hours in that bathroom, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do."
Marisa filmed a video of herself inside the bathroom and shared it on Tik Tok, where it has received more than four million views.
The tourist is now quarantining in Iceland for 10 days, while her father and brother, who were also on the plane, continued on to Switzerland after testing negative for Covid-19
Speaking about her experience on the Iceland Air flight, she said: "It was a crazy experience.
"I just took my rapid test and I brought it into the bathroom, and within what felt like two seconds there were two lines (indicating a positive test).
"There was 150 people on the flight, and my biggest fear was giving it to them."
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It comes after Brits ended up stuck on a British Airways flight for more than five hours after the pilot received a positive Covid test earlier this month.
The flight, which was heading to Barbados in the Caribbean, was delayed after the pilot received the news while in the cockpit.
Darcy Bourne, who was among the passengers on the plane, spoke about the delay in a series of three TikTok videos.
In the first video, she said: "Pilot just got a text saying he tested positive so we're all stuck on the plane."
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In the video, the pilot can be heard saying: "What we're currently doing is looking for another pilot to take my place and that process is ongoing, but it's not going to happen quickly and at the moment we have got people in the process of trying to find someone."
In the second video, taken in the airport's departure lounge, Darcy says: "Update: they kicked us all off five hours later and gave us all £4 food vouchers."
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