NEWARK, NJ — A flight from Colorado to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey was diverted Sunday after a small group of passengers panicked when they mistook a fellow traveler's allergies for coronavirus symptoms, reports say.

United Airlines Flight 1562 was headed for Newark . A handful of people sitting nearby became concerned that the person was infected by the new coronavirus, United Airlines officials told KUSA-TV.

When the passengers became "disruptive," , where it landed without incident, CBS4 reported.

Airline officials told CBS4 that . The person was evaluated on the plane and didn't show signs of a fever. That passenger was allowed to fly to Newark when the plane left about 30 minutes later, but the disruptive passengers were removed from the flight.

, 9news.com reported.

A passenger aboard the plane as the incident unfolded:

"Right now on a @united flight from VAIL to Newark. Got diverted to Denver for 'security reasons'.... now landed. Rumor is that there was a 'coughing passenger' that is being de-planed. This is all rumor. Pilot has not given details."
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