Chicago's O'Hare Airport Hosts Air Industry's World Route Forum

It’s about time, and good for them. Seems as though the airline isn’t buying the CDC line that it’s impossible for anyone on those flights to have been exposed/infected. They’ve also released the flight numbers involved in the infected man’s journey to Dallas.

Via NBC.

United Airlines, which flew Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan on two of the three flights that brought him to the U.S. last month, is trying to notify as many as 400 people who may have been on Duncan’s flights, referring them to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the airline told NBC News on Thursday. United said it doesn’t believe any fellows passengers are at risk but that it was taking the move out of an abundance of caution.

In the meantime, airline stocks are taking a dive considering the potential impact of this on the industry. Without approval of the federal government, airlines can implement restrictions on themselves, and choose to either not fly certain places or engage in certain serious restrictions regarding passengers. Let’s see how they respond.

Ebola Virus Hammers Airline Stocks, Boosts Pharma Stocks

The first diagnosis of an Ebola patient in the U.S. may be driving airline stocks lower, while shares of pharmaceutical companies move higher.

It’s not the first time an international health concern has led to fears that people will travel less frequently around the world.

“I think airlines are down for reasons beyond just Ebola, but people may remember that SARS was quite negative for air travel,” Neal Dihora, Morningstar senior equity analyst, told ABC News.

SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, was first recognized in February 2003, and there have not been known cases since 2004. Its spread caused global panic, particularly in Hong Kong and parts of Asia, moving the 2003 Women’s World Cup from China to the U.S.

This time, other issues besides Ebola are also affecting airline companies, including United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta, Dihora said.

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  1. Maynard says:

    A sealed aircraft is a flying incubating Petri dish. I don’t want to travel in one, even with the assurance from Homeland Security that I’ll “score” at the airport security kiosk.

    Tammy notes she’s being targeting by Middle East based ISIS accts falsely as spam. I guess that means Tammy, like spam, is harām and not halāl. I just hope she’s kosher.

  2. LJZumpano says:

    Ebola remains in semen for weeks after patient is declared “cured.” Can we assume that the girlfriend of patient Zero had sex with him, and probably slept in the same bed? Should she remain in close quarters with the children being monitored? Could she possibly transmit Ebola to them, even if they escaped being infected by patient zero?

  3. Kitten says:

    Who sat in his seat on those flights after he left? Did he sneeze or cough while on board? Did he put the mini pretzel bag up to his mouth and then pass it to the flight attendant for disposal? Did he tinkle on the toilet seat, or blow his nose in the bathroom? Should the planes he flew in be fumigated? …

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