The remainder of the passengers were allowed to leave and clear customs, the airline said.
It was quarantined for several hours as officials screened passengers.
Eleven people aboard an Emirates airline flight from Dubai were taken to NY hospitals with a mystery ailment after scores of passengers and crew complained of feeling sick during the 14-hour overnight trip from the Middle East.
South Dallas native Vanilla Ice was among hundreds stranded on a plane quarantined at New York's Kennedy Airport amid reports of numerous ill passengers aboard a flight from Dubai. CDC and Philadelphia public health officers worked with EMS and CBP officials to evaluate and test the ill passengers for influenza and other respiratory illnesses.
Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, tweeted on Wednesday morning that the flight had stopped in Mecca, which is now experiencing a flu outbreak.
Dozens of vehicles surrounded the aircraft at JFK airport, with local media reporting that people were coughing and had high temperatures.
A tweet by Emirates Airlines claims that only 10 people, three crew and seven passengers, were taken to a Jamaica Hospital in Queens.
Emirates said that "about 10 passengers" were affected on the overnight Flight 203.
A traveler in the business section of the aircraft, Raghida Dergham, said in an interview that sick passengers were in a "lower level" economy section of the plane.
Pictures posted on social media showed ambulances lined up on the tarmac next to the A380, the largest passenger airliner in the world.
Not exactly the luxurious flight Emirates promises in its commercials.