S J - December 30, 2021
Is this next level clout chasing behavior or an honest story? I can't decide. Here's what happened, you try to figure it out.
Marisa Fotieo, a teacher from Chicago, was on her way to Switzerland with her brother and father when she developed symptoms. She just so happened to have a rapid test with her.
She took the test in the bathroom, tested positive, then stayed in the bathroom for the rest of the flight. Oh and she captured it all on TikTok.
13 ON YOUR SIDE reporter Keely Lovern spoke with Marisa Fotieo via Zoom as she continued her 10-day quarantine in Iceland.
Fotieo grew up in East Grand Rapids, but now lives in Chicago where she teaches early childhood education. Over the holidays, she planned a trip to Switzerland with her brother and father.
They left on December 20th from Newark, New Jersey, on an Icelandair flight to Reykjavik, Iceland, where they had a layover.
About an hour into the five-hour flight, Fotieo said her throat started to hurt. She had brought along several COVID-19 rapid test kits, and went to the bathroom to take one.
"And within about two seconds, the test came back positive," Fotieo said. "I freaked out and ran out of the bathroom and found the first person I could see. Luckily it was this amazing flight attendant named Rocky."
Fotieo credits Ragnhildur "Rocky" Eiríksdóttir with keeping her calm and collected. Rocky asked her to wait in the bathroom while she figured out what to do.
"I could hear something over the intercom that said something about a passenger on board testing positive," Fotieo said, "and that it is very important for everyone keep their masks on as much as possible,"
Rocky returned, telling Fotieo that it was a full flight so there was no extra room to space her out.
"There were like 150 people on board," said Fotieo, "so I said I would just stay in the bathroom for the rest of the flight."
If she didn't capture the whole thing on TikTok I might believe it all was a happy accident. This seems like a classic clout chasing move.