Here are some verbatim quotes from vox pops taken by US and British media on the streets of Manhatten:
"Its dangerous to go to the UK because of the disease, we might get sick"; "How are the Europeans eating?" ; "We wouldn't go to Britain at present, there's nothing to do".
A US travel agent speaking on the BBC news tonight says he has lost 2,000 bookings from people who are scared of getting sick! - and US carriers waiving cancellation charges are doing nothing to help dispel the media fed garbage.
As for panicked Europeans, I don't see panic, I see controls and a policy of trying to stem and eradicate - some of which may have been better handled.
Living in the Irish Republic, where over 60% of the GDP is directly related to food production, we have many controls but I don't see panic. Concern, yes, but a cohesive strategy to keep the disease out of the country with only one case so far.
Yet my friends at Dublin and Shannon tell me that flights from the US are losing pax every day. Why? Because of the sort of lack of knowledge that prompted the original question - knowledge easily obtained, knowledge which would also distinguish between F+M and BSE.
I could go on but the world knows many Americans have little real knowledge of what goes on beyond their own patch - but feel they have the right to tell everyone how to behave.
Examples: in 1982 I was told by a senior member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce that he was amazed I had been to Romania and got out! Further, he lambasted me for supporting the Commies.
Then, last summer, on a flight from San Francisco to Seattle I was talking to my fellow passenger who was bemoaning the cessation of Alaska Al flights to the Russian Far East, as he used them for two fishing trips per year and now had to use the sporadic Reeve service. The other passenger in the row interrupted the conversation with a tirade of invective against Americans who support an enemy!
I don't know about your knowledge of the rest of the world, but you obviously think you have the right to tell others how to behave judging by your last sentence.
Were you never taught to treat your elders with respect?
A little research elsewhere by Skippy would have answered the question without him even having to post it.