United Airlines bans couple that boarded plane after testing positive for COVID-19

A Hawaiian couple who boarded a United flight from San Francisco to Lihue, Hawaii, after knowingly testing positive for COVID-19 has been banned from flying with the airline, Leigh Schramm, spokesperson for United Airlines, told USA TODAY in a statement Friday.

“We have banned these customers while we investigate this matter,” Schramm said, noting in the statement that the the “health and safety of our employees and customers is our highest priority.”

The Kaua‘i Police Department confirmed to USA TODAY on Wednesday that Wailua residents Wesley Moribe and Courtney Peterson were taken into custody Sunday for “placing the passengers of the flight in danger of death.”

According to a police report, Moribe, 41, and Peterson, 46, were ordered by the Quarantine Station at the San Francisco International Airport to isolate after testing positive for the highly contagious virus. 

The couple, however, defied airport orders and boarded a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to the islands. Moribe and Peterson were accompanied by a 4-year-old child. 

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