United Airlines said Friday that it has decided to ban a Hawaii couple who chose to board a flight after knowingly testing positive for COVID-19, USA Today reports.

What happened:

Wesley Moribe and Courtney Peterson were told by the quarantine station at the San Francisco International Airport not to travel on their flight because they had recently tested positive for COVID-19, CNN reports.

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Hawaii couple knew they had COVID-19 before flying. They were later arrested.

Still, the couple boarded. But they were later arrested when they landed in Lihu Airport, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • “They knowingly boarded a flight aware of their positive COVID-19 test results, placing the passengers of the flight in danger of death,” Coco Zickos, spokesperson with the Kauai Police Department, told The Washington Post.

How United responded:

Leigh Schramm, spokesperson for United Airlines, told USA Today in a statement the couple will be banned while an investigation continues.

  • “We have banned these customers while we investigate this matter,” Schramm said.
  • She said “health and safety of our employees and customers is our highest priority.”