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News broke yesterday afternoon that the first case of ebola found in the United States was carried in through a passenger flying on United through Washington Dulles. Agencies across the country have been quick to assess the threat, and most have reacted with the same measured tone: neither passengers on those flights nor business travelers at large are at risk.
That hasn’t stopped hand wringing among the traveling public or the stock market. Airlines (and the market at large) have been down sharply and several with whom the passenger came into contact are now under quarantine.
At large though, airline travel remains safe. Airports across Africa are scanning intensively for anyone running a fever, reminding passengers that only actively sick people can transmit the disease. Airports in the U.S. are also now on high alert. Unless the sickness spreads further, it’s business travel as usual.
Social Quote of the Day
The upside of Ebola patient flying @united is that this will force them to properly clean the plane.
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