Woman isolates in plane bathroom after testing positive mid flight

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A woman who tested positive for Covid-19 mid-flight decided to stay locked in the plane's bathroom for hours to prevent other passengers getting sick.

Marisa Fotieo was travelling from Chicago to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, when her throat began to hurt. She took a rapid test to the bathroom where she produced a positive result.

"There’s 150 people on the flight, and my biggest fear was giving it to them," she told US program TODAY.

Instead of going back to her seat, she remained in isolation in the bathroom voluntarily.

 Marisa Fotieo tested positive for Covid mid-flight and isolated in the plane's bathroom. Source: marisaefotieo
Marisa Fotieo tested positive for Covid mid-flight and isolated in the plane's bathroom. Source: marisaefotieo

Ms Fotieo made a now-viral TikTok video about her isolation in the bathroom which has racked up over 4.4 million views.

"POV (point of view): you test positive for Covid while over the Atlantic Ocean," she said in the caption of the video.

Ms Fotieo told NBC News the flight attendant, Ragnhildur "Rocky" Eiríksdóttir, looked after her while she was cooped up in the bathroom and made sure she had everything she needed.

Once she arrived in Iceland, Ms Fotieo had to isolate in a hotel. But before she got off the plane, Ms Eiríksdóttir gave Ms Fotieo her Instagram handle and has continued to help out since.

In another TikTok video, Ms Fotieo shared a care package sent by Ms Eiríksdóttir, which included flowers, a small Christmas tree, food and a handwritten note.

"Enjoy my dear new friend," Ms Eiríksdóttir wrote.

"Why are people so nice!" Ms Fotieo said in the video, while crying.

Flight attendant Ragnhildur
Flight attendant Ragnhildur "Rocky" Eiríksdóttir sent Marisa Fotieo gifts while she was in quarantine for Christmas. Source: TikTok/marisaefotieo

She later shared a picture of her Christmas tree set up in the hotel

Ms Foteio got more gifts from Ms Eiríksdóttir delivered to her door — this time receiving food from a local restaurant and Christmas gifts.

She said she wanted to do something special for Ms Eiríksdóttir, who she described as "truely an angel".

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