ATLANTA (CBS46) -- A chartered flight from France that landed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Friday morning was moved to the North Cargo facility because passengers possibly had coronavirus exposure.

The plane's 200-300 passengers were not immediately allowed to get off the flight after touching down in Atlanta. 

Passengers came off of the plane wearing masks were not allowed in the public area of the airport. The Centers for Disease Control is screening the passengers. It was unclear if any would eventually be allowed to process through the U.S. Customs area of the international terminal.

A source tells CBS46 the passengers are Americans flying from Marseille, France, after they were on the Italian cruise ship Costa Luminosa.

That ship saw dozens of passengers and crew members sickened with the COVID-19 coronavirus before the ship returned to port, according to the New York Times.

This is a breaking news story. Stay with CBS46 on all platforms for the latest as they become available.

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