Woman self-isolates in plane toilet for five hours after Covid-positive test mid-flight

A screengrab taken from Marisa Fotieo's TikTok video showing her isolating in an airplane bathroom after she tested positive for COVID-19. (Image: TikTok/marisaefotieo)

A passenger on a flight from the United States to Iceland chose to self-isolate in a plane toilet for five hours after she tested positive for COVID-19 during the journey.

December 31, 2021, (CNA).- Marisa Fotieo captured her experience in a TikTok video which has been viewed more than 4 million times as of Friday (Dec 31). She is seen in the cramped toilet space, wearing several face masks.

Fotieo, a teacher, was on an Icelandair flight from Chicago to Reykjavik on Dec 19. She was en route to Switzerland with her brother and father.

Before the flight, she took two polymerase chain reaction tests and five antigen rapid tests, all of which came back negative. After an hour into the flight, she started to feel a sore throat, the report said.

Fotieo then took a rapid test, which came back positive.

“The first flight attendant I ran into was Rocky. I was hysterical, I was crying,” Fotieo told . “I was nervous for my family who I just had dinner with. I was nervous for the other people on the plane. I was nervous for myself.”

Fotieo opted to stay isolated in the bathroom for the rest of the flight. A note was put on the toilet door saying it was out of service.

“POV – you test positive for COVID while over the Atlantic Ocean,” read a caption in her TikTok video.

“Shout out to @Icelandair for my VIP quarantine quarters.” 

Fotieo said she was able to make it through her flight thanks to the flight attendant who sent her food and drinks.

When the flight landed in Reykjavik, Fotieo was taken to a Red Cross hotel where she had to quarantine for 10 days. 

She was vaccinated and had also received her booster shot, according to CNN. 

Fotieo’s journey comes as the Omicron COVID-19 variant disrupts travel plans for many. Hundred of flights have been cancelled across the US each day since Christmas as airline staff test positive for COVID-19.

Source: CNA