Preventing Swine Flu while traveling by air - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/17/09

Preventing Swine Flu while traveling by air

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Sitting next to a clearly sick passenger on your next cross-country flight may make you squeamish, but it's the airline employees who pose the biggest risk to your health. 

The CDC says while sick passengers tend to stay in just one spot, they usually don't touch anything beyond their seat. Flight attendants and other airline workers are more likely to leave germs on cabin surfaces as they move throughout the plane.  Experts emphasize all airline employees and passengers should practice good personal hygiene, limiting the spread of H1N1. 

The Department of Homeland Security says if passengers are ill, they should re-book their travel plans.  Some airlines have already said they will waive the fee associated with missing a flight, but only if a passenger can prove they were sick.

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