NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Delta Airlines flight was forced to return to the terminal at JFK Airport last night after a passenger said he or she may have been previously exposed to the coronavirus.

Flight 2503 was headed to Seattle but was stopped before takeoff.

A flight attendant reached out to medical consultants, who said the passenger should be evaluated.

Delta said the aircraft was cleaned, and the flight finally departed at about 10 p.m. – roughly 3 and a half hours after its scheduled departure.

The safety and health of our customers and crew remain our top priority,” an airline spokesperson said in a statement.

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