Woman tests positive for Covid mid-flight, isolates for 5 hours in bathroom
'There were 150 people on the flight, and my biggest fear was giving it to them.'
A schoolteacher from Michigan self-isolated for five hours during a flight from Chicago after she tested positive for Covid mid-flight. Self-isolation is tough enough in your own home let alone on the toilet of an aeroplane.
Marisa Fotieo was flying to Iceland's capital Reykjavik when she started to get a sore throat and sensibly took out one of her spare rapid Covid tests that she had brought along just in case.
Turns out, it was a good job she did, as she told the Today Show that "within what felt like two seconds there were two lines". Having already entered the bathroom to take the test, Fotieo then proceeded to voluntarily isolate for the remainder of the journey, i.e. the next five hours.
@marisaefotieo Shout out to @Icelandair for my VIP quarantine quarters.. #luxuryliving #imsolucky #covid #vaccinated #fyp #viralvideotiktok #quarantine ♬ I'm So Lucky Lucky - Grandzz
She tried to have a sense of humour about it, playing 'I'm So Lucky Lucky' as the soundtrack to her TikTok and quipping, "Shout out to Icelandair for my VIP quarantine quarters" in the caption of the video. However, as she told multiple outlets, she really did form a bond with the cabin crew onboard.
While her TikTok shows her PCR was negative before she boarded the flight, she humorously pointed out that the Omicron variant obviously had other ideas, as she only developed her first symptom after embarking on the plane. However, as many have found out, this just goes to show how quickly an infection can arrive.
After she was taken to her quarantine hotel on December 20, Fotieo was facing Christmas alone in an economy hotel room. Thankfully, the flight attendant Ragnhildur 'Rocky' Eiríksdóttir - with whom she had gotten to know during her five-hour lock-in - had a more pleasant surprise for her.
Speaking to NBC News, she spoke of how Rocky "made sure I had everything I needed for the next five hours from food to drinks and constantly checked on me assuring me I would be all right," and after having swapped Instagrams following their unforgettable experience, Marisa was then met by this surprise at her door:
@marisaefotieo UPDATE: We LOVE Rocky from @icelandair.is she makes the world a happier place ? #christmas #sunnyday #vaccinated #covid #quarantine #fyp #viralvideo ♬ Sunny Day - Ramol
Rocky arrived just in the nick of time to rescue what little of the holidays was left, not only gifting her a thoughtful note, a bag full of food and flowers, but even a Christmas tree with lights.
As the unfortunate passenger herself said, "There [were] 150 people on the flight, and my biggest fear was giving it to them" and it would seem the Icelandair crew were immensely grateful that she did her best to avoid that happening.
Main image via TikTok/@marisaefotieo