SAFD responded to a call that passengers smelt an odor and were feeling sick.

By Zachary-Taylor Wright

There was quite a stir at the San Antonio International Airport Thursday afternoon, November 9, but it all turned out to be just fine despite a heavy response from the San Antonio Fire Department.

Hazmat-suits were donned and equipment testing for poisonous gas were deployed at the airport Thursday after calls came in that passengers smelt an odor and were feeling sick. However, the situation turned out to be a little less dramatic than it was initially expected to be.

“Originally, we were called for a strange odor on a plane and people feeling bad so we sent a whole lot of people — hazmat, rescue, airport rescue, all these things out there — but once the plane landed, we realized there was no odor,” San Antonio Fire Department Public Information Officer Joe Arrington told MySA. “None of the passengers were feeling sick. It was isolated to four crew members who were feeling ill.”

A spokesperson for Frontier Airlines gave the following statement:

“During Flight 990 today from Denver to San Antonio, flight attendants working in the back of the aircraft noticed a fume-like odor and advised the captain. The odor was concentrated in the back of the aircraft and no passengers reported being affected. Upon landing in San Antonio, the flight crew was evaluated by emergency medical personnel as a precaution. None required further evaluation or treatment. All passengers who were on board the flight deplaned.  Our maintenance team is currently evaluating the aircraft to determine the cause.”

Little to no major interruptions were reported at the San Antonio airport as Arrington said the situation quickly deescalated once first responders arrived on the scene and realized there were no signs of a gas leak or larger issue. The passengers were let go and sent on their way shortly after first responders arrived and evaluated the situation. The four crew members who reported feeling ill were evaluated by EMS personnel, said Arrington, but none of them needed to go to the hospital.

“It’s quickly deescalating which is always a good thing at the airport,” Arrington said. “As a precaution, we responded because it came in to us as a foul odor on a plane, so that ramps up our response. But once we got everyone down, there were no negative readings of anything on the plane.”