COVID-19: B.C. man on quarantined Japanese cruise ship gets early flight home on U.S. plane

A B.C. father is relieved after learning his son, who has been quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan for nearly two weeks, is finally coming home.

But Spencer Fehrenbacher won’t be flown back to Canada with the 255 Canadians stuck on the Diamond Princess ship. As an American citizen, he’s getting flown out by a U.S. military plane Sunday.

The permanent Canadian resident will then spend another two weeks under a whole new quarantine at either Travis Air Force Base in California or Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

For father Scott Fehrenbacher, who has been watching the saga unfold from the family home in Fort Langley, he’s just relieved his son is no longer stuck on board the ship.

“He’ll be in a much safer place, so I don’t mind the extra two weeks, he doesn’t mind the extra two weeks,” Fehrenbacher said. “It just won’t be on the Diamond Princess.”

Fehrenbacher says Spencer has passed a required screening that Americans must pass in order to board the two chartered planes, which departed Sunday. The planes will head to the California base first, then take the remaining passengers to Texas.

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