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This is what happens when you make Ebola jokes on a plane

Ebola is no joke. But one moron who thought otherwise found out the hard way this week, when his wisecrack about the deadly virus forced his removal from a plane by a squad of agents in hazmat gear.

On a Wednesday flight from Philadelphia to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, an unnamed 54-year-old American reportedly joked about having the virus after sneezing aboard the US Airways plane.

​"I have Ebola. You are all screwed", the man reportedly said during Flight 845.

Another passenger took the joke seriously, a US Airways spokesman told ABC News, and reported it to a flight attendant, who then informed the captain. After the crew talked with authorities on the ground, the situation escalated.

One flight attendant expressed her dismay at the tasteless joke and its consequences over the plane's PA system.

"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.