After spending 14 days in quarantine in a luxury hotel on the island, the JetBlue flight attendant named ‘Kalina Collier’ who reportedly said she had been kidnapped while on holiday in Jamaica returned to the United States.
Local media claimed that during her forced isolation, Kalina Collier took to social media to say that she was being held against her will and feared being trafficked, but local authorities have denied that she was ever in danger.
Kalina Collier is a flight attendant from New York and JetBlue whose Instagram posts raised concerns about her being abducted or missing in Jamaica. But officials state that after testing positive for COVID-19 when she arrived on January 28, 2021, she was actually quarantined on the island.
Collier, a Queens native, is a chef and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, as well as working as a JetBlue Airways flight attendant, according to her Instagram profile. According to her social media page, she runs her own baking company, Kalian’s Kitchen.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force released a statement on February 14 that said, “The Police are advising members of the public to dismiss as rumour information that has been circulated via social and other media that American National Kalina Collier was kidnapped in Jamaica. The police assert the information is baseless and mischievous.”
On February 14, Collier also released a statement that she never said she was missing or abducted. After the initial positive test, Collier said she tested negative for coronavirus but was nevertheless needed to be quarantined at a hotel, the Ocean Coral Spring, for 14 days.
The statement by Collier, posted on Instagram, accuses the resort workers and Jamaican authorities of bullying and harassment. On February 14, Collier was allowed to leave the island and she and her mother flew back to New York, according to Nationwide90FM, a Jamaican news radio station.
In a statement posted on social media on January 14, the police said, “On arrival in Jamaica, Collier who was tested positive for the Covid-19 virus was placed in isolation. This is in keeping with Jamaica’s Covid prevention protocols as stipulated by the Ministry of Health and Wellness. She remains in isolation and awaits medical clearance to be able to travel back home. In the meantime, representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Jamaica Tourist Board and the local police have been in contact with her mother who subsequently arrived in Jamaica.”
As stated in the police statement, Collier, “was visited by the local police on Saturday, February 13 and she is not, nor was she at any time, in any danger. The Police are therefore warning persons to desist from sharing social media posts claiming Collier has been kidnapped, as sharing false information can constitute an offence under the law.”
The Jamaica Gleaner was informed by the authorities that on January 28, Collier arrived in the country and was expected to depart on February 1. However, on 30 January, the newspaper notes that a COVID-19 antigenic test had a positive result.
A second test was negative one hour later. She took her third and positive test on February 2. The spa, Ocean Coral Spring, says Gleaner, informs Collier that she might stay there for 14 days without an extra expense in quarantine instead of spending time in governmental facilities.