Air-sickness, a common enough malady during more peaceful times, has taken a dark new turn for travelers terrified that the puking passenger next to them has Ebola.

On Friday, a traveler set off ripples of panic after becoming sick on a Vegas-bound flight that originated at JFK. A similar incident occurred yesterday afternoon on a flight headed toward Los Angeles, in which a woman who had recently visited South Africa became ill. Never mind that South Africa is thousands of miles from the nucleus of the outbreak; she was met at the gate by a full complement of firefighters, paramedics, cops, health officials and FBI agents, who together determined that she was airsick. She refused treatment at the hospital and left the airport.

The primary discomfiture emerging from the deepening crisis seems to be that, despite breathless assurances from healthcare workers to the contrary, we don't actually know how to handle Ebola. NBC New York reports squabbling among various agencies over what to do with yesterday's airsick passenger, and confusion is the last sentiment anyone wants to hear when trapped on a plane.

"They put her in the back in the galley area and kept all other passengers away from her when they realized she was sick," a witness told the news station. "The pilot came on and said that two agencies were fighting over how it was going to be dealt with, which is why we were sitting there for so long."

"The flight attendant would turn up with a mask over her face and walk down the aisle rapidly, and everybody would look panicked, and then she would come back without it. So there seemed to be a lot of confusion," said another.

JFK will today become one of five airports across the country to begin screening for Ebola, which will entail ill passengers having their temperatures taken at Customs and Border Patrol, in addition to being quizzed on their recent travel history and potential exposure. Ebola is not contagious prior to the exhibition of symptoms.

Contraction of the disease by the Dallas nurse who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, who last week became the first person to die from Ebola in the U.S., has compounded fears that the protocols enacted by the CDC are ineffective—the nurse, after all, was not even included among those identified as being at high risk of exposure.

Bellevue Hospital has been established as NYC's Ebola intake center—equipped with isolation units prepared to treat up to four patients, with the potential to make nine other such spaces available in the event that the situation explodes to full DefCon 1.

Still, Department of Health officials admitted last week that there remain some hurdles to jump before the city can consider itself prepared to take on the virus, specifically, safely disposing of hazardous materials associated with Ebola patients, which require special permits before infected garments (and worse) can be transported along public roads.

Moreover, the infected Dallas nurse had reportedly worn the requisite protective gear when treating Duncan, though Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is under scrutiny over whether its workers had in fact been properly trained in safety protocols set forth by the CDC.

To that end, the agency will be holding a nationwide training conference call on Tuesday for thousands of medical workers in attempt to ensure that everyone is on the same page.