Delta Flight Diverts to JFK After Passengers Are Served Spoiled Food 

Delta Air Lines planes at John F. Kennedy International Airport. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — A Delta flight from Detroit to Amsterdam was diverted to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on Wednesday after passengers were served spoiled food, airline officials said.

The redeye flight took off from Detroit around 11 p.m. Tuesday and landed in New York at 4 a.m. “after reports that a portion of the Main Cabin in-flight meal service were spoiled,” a Delta spokesperson said in a statement.

Emergency medical responders met the flight and treated 12 passengers, the Fire Department of New York said.

It was not clear how many of the flight’s 277 passengers ate the spoiled food.

Delta said it would investigate.

“This is not the service Delta is known for and we sincerely apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay in their travels,” the Delta spokesperson said.

Shahrzad Javid, who said he was a passenger on the flight, wrote this account on social media:

So, Laila & I are en route to Amsterdam. First flight went beautifully, nice layover in Detroit (terminal A is so nice), & the flight from Detroit to Amsterdam seemed to be going well. We had an option of chicken or pasta. I got the chicken. Laila didn’t get either. About 40 minutes ago the Pilot says that there is a food contamination & he has had to turn around about 2 hours to go to JFK to meet medical officials to evaluate those of us who had the chicken, & everyone will have to deplane & the plane will be out of commission.

This is obviously terrible & I am extremely upset, as is everyone else. Not sure what’s going to happen, but hoping for the best & that we can get to Amsterdam ASAP. Thankfully Laila finally fell asleep & doesn’t know, but I’m not looking forward to telling her. Delta has a lot to do to try to make up for this.

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