Flying coronavirus class: Photos of American Diamond Princess passengers’ flight from hell

Flying coronavirus class: Photos of American Diamond Princess passengers’ flight from hell

February 22, 2020

There’s first class and there’s business class. But on this flight, everyone flew coronavirus class.

These exclusive photos show the surreal, polyethylene-wrapped aerial hell suffered by 329 American passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship as they were flown back to the US this week — after two weeks quarantined in their cabins off the coast of Yokohama, Japan.

The passengers, each outfitted in cheap face masks, suffered through the 10-odd-hour flight in two cargo planes that had been converted into flying quarantine wards.

Their flight attendants looked like hazmat removal workers — fully suited from head to toe in sterile latex and plastic.

And worst of all, 14 of their fellow passengers were actually infected with the deadly virus, though they showed no symptoms as yet.

It was a long-awaited escape for the passengers, who had been quarantined in their cabins since the ship docked off Japan on Feb. 3, with 3,700 people on board.

The Americans were finally off-loaded from the ship on Sunday — but their ordeal was far from over.

The CDC delivered the bad news — that 14 people among them had just tested positive for the virus — came as the passengers rode the bus to the airport in Tokyo.

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