Health checks may be added to international travel security - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/9/09

Health checks may be added to international travel security

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By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - If you plan to travel internationally, expect an extra stop at security. Agents may add health threats to the list of things not allowed to board a plane.

The federal government posted on its flu website, travelers from the U.S. arriving in other countries may be checked for fever and other symptoms of the H1N1 virus or given a health questionaire. If security thinks you may have the flu they can quarantine you, give you a medical exam, or take a rapid flu test.

Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport Aviation Director, James Loomis, says they have no plans to start health checks, "I don't have any plan to implement something like that until we're forced to by a higher form of government."

While Lubbock has no plan to start health checks, they do suggest you not travel if you feel ill.

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