The passengers remained on the airliner for more than three hours and medical screens were done on all 521 passengers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is evaluating ill passengers aboard two global flights that arrived in Philadelphia from Paris and Germany Thursday afternoon, a CDC official said.
But other passengers said they suspected that some passengers were sick before they got on the plane and that the airline should have done more to protect others. Apparently among those given the green light was none other than recording artist Robert Matthew Van Winkle, who is nearly certainly much better known under his stage name Vanilla Ice.
All passengers have now deplaned, according to Phillips.
Dozens of vehicles surrounded the aircraft at JFK airport, with local media reporting that people were coughing and had high temperatures.
It was a direct flight and did not, as an early tweet from Eric Phillips - the press secretary for Bill DeBlasio - said, stop in Mecca.
Health officials are still attempting to determine what the cause of the symptoms exhibited by the passengers was.
Officials say passengers from the two flights on Thursday afternoon who weren't sick continued on with their travel plans. The A380 is the world's largest passenger aircraft.
Officials from the Port Authority Police Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were on scene, according to news station WNBC, but did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Forms were then passed out to gather passengers' medical information before they could exit the plane.