FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5938 posts, RR: 27 Posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3598 times:
A man with tuberculosis was allowed to fly Saturday on USAirways PHL-SFO flight 401. The passenger had been placed on a "Do Not Board" list by the Center for Disease Control on Friday. But he was allowed to board the Saturday flight and the mistake was not discovered until after departure.
Mistakes happen, but this quote, if accurate, will not go over well with passengers since it says the airline withheld the info: "US Airways made the decision not to notify passengers who were on the flight, based on what the CDC told them -- that there is little-to-no risk of exposure on a flight less than eight hours. This particular flight was about six hours long, according to Morgant Durrant, a spokesman for the airline. "We don't want to incite any undue concern," Durrant said."
(emphasis added) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34815230/ns/local_news-philadelphia_pa/
It is being reported that passengers on the flight are now being notified. But apparently that was not being done initially.
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Ferengi80 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 708 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3276 times:
There was a very interesting programme on BBC Radio 4 lat week that covered just this kind of thing. It was part of the Case Notes series. You can find information here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pkbmp - there is an interesting segment about travelling with someone who has TB in the programme. Those in the UK can listen to the programme today using the listen again function on the website
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EWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3185 times:
I just heard this story. Incredible how both TSA and US Airways dropped the ball! I wonder what would have happened if the flight was interrupted en route making exposure to the approach or exceed 8 hours? Would US Airways have notified other passengers then? And suppose someone actually ends up contracting TB from the sick passenger? How will US Airways respond? How will TSA respond?
By the way, wasn't there some similar event that took place on a trans-Atlantic flight within the past 10 years? What happened there?