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(NEWSER) – Airport authorities aren't willing to see the hilarious side of jokes about Ebola right now, a passenger flying from Philadelphia to the Dominican Republic discovered yesterday.

After the coughing and sneezing passenger declared "I've been to Africa"—early reports said he yelled "I have Ebola!"—the plane was held on the tarmac for more than an hour after landing while emergency workers in hazmat suits removed the passenger from the plane, reports Fox. "I ain't from Africa," he protested as he was taken off the plane.

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