"I've done this for 36 years", she said. "I think the man that said this is an idiot".
Upon touching down in Punta Cuna, the plane was held on the tarmac for a hazmat crew to investigate. Eventually, the team escorted the man off the aircraft, as he was heckled by fellow passengers, one even singing "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)".
As the jokester left the plane, he retorted, "I ain't from Africa, sh*t".
The DR's Ministry of Public Health communications director, Eduardo Rosario Bourdierd, later confirmed the "absolutely false" Ebola alarm.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for stupid.
Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.