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SARS: SilkAir Forced To Fly 1 Man On A Plane

Thu Apr 10, 2003 6:57 am

SilkAir - a subsdiary of Singapore Airlines Limited - a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines Group - a member of Star Alliance - had to fly one Singaporean on an otherwise empty plane back to Singapore from Chiang Mai, Thailand as the Thai authorities turned him back after being suspicious of him having Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

However, on returning, a series of tests revealed he did not have SARS. "They had a doctor at Chiang Mai examine him and he said it was unlikely that he was having SARS. But the authorities did not allow him entry so it was the responsibility of the airline to bring the passenger back," said a SilkAir spokeswoman. She also added that the man had a high temperature on arrival at Chiang Mai.

Passengers at Chiang Mai were flown to Bangkok on Thai Airways International and then transferred on a Singapore Airlines flight to Singapore.

Reuters describes the scenario as an "expensive false alarm".

More information at the Reuters Alernet website

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RE: SARS: SilkAir Forced To Fly 1 Man On A Plane

Thu Apr 10, 2003 7:25 am

The plane was an Airbus A319 with a capacity of 118 passengers.

Four flight attendants and two pilots flew him back.

Flight MI706 landed at Chiang Mai at 1645 local time and was due to take 23 (note: only 23, load factor of 19.5% (1dp)) back to Singapore at 1735.

The 23 passengers got a free night's stay at a Chiang Mai hotel.

The passenger sat by himself at the back of the A319 and the flight attendants served him meals and snacks wearing gloves and masks.

He was admitted into the Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he was diagnosed free from SARS.

More information at the

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RE: SARS: SilkAir Forced To Fly 1 Man On A Plane

Thu Apr 10, 2003 9:34 am

A KA A333 came back from Beijing yesterday with a load of........ 25 pax  Crying
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RE: SARS: SilkAir Forced To Fly 1 Man On A Plane

Thu Apr 10, 2003 10:27 am

I believe Changi is not as bad as CLK now but we are losing 43 milion per week because of this can't imagine about CLK!
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RE: SARS: SilkAir Forced To Fly 1 Man On A Plane

Thu Apr 10, 2003 1:01 pm

Took a trip down to Changi last evening to send a friend off, and I am shocked by how empty Terminal 2 was! It was absolutely a very sad scene, usually at that time, Terminal 2 will be filled with people flying on SQ to Europe, Australia, Japan, North America etc! But it was so quiet!

I don't understand why the man on the silkair plane was given an economy class seat. For goodness sake, be kind and give him a business class seat at least!
 
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RE: SARS: SilkAir Forced To Fly 1 Man On A Plane

Thu Apr 10, 2003 2:20 pm

While it is, of course, rather dissatisfactory if a perfectly healthy person gets send back to its origin I think that it is better to do that or quarantine a person than to miss a person that is infected with SARS and give the virus the chance to spread further. I think that the effect that SARS could have is underestimated. SARS is not a bacterium which usually causes lung infections but it is rather a virus. And the problem about SARS is that we do not know how it is transmitted. While SARS might not cause many problems in regions with good health care it can easily spread in regions with little or no health care and cause people to die there. In another thread there was a statement that there were only a couple thousand of people infected with SARS and that this is a very little figure compared to other illnesses. While this is true I think one should also have a look about how SARS spread outside China. On 21 February there was 1 SARS case outside China, on 17th March 167 and on the 4th of April already 1133 cases. I think this proves that we should take SARS very seriously.

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