PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Everybody’s talking about it. Ebola.
The question at Pittsburgh International Airport is, “Is it safe to fly? Can I get Ebola on an airplane?”READ MORE: 'Moderna Arm': Some People Develop Reaction To Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
Most people we talked to aren’t too concerned about it.
But make no mistake about it, airline passengers are certainly thinking and talking about it.
“We’re about to get on a plane. Someone we were talking with last night was sitting next to somebody that had a fever and was sick [from Dallas], so he was a little concerned about it,” said Ian Raum, of Boston.
But we found no one who wasn’t getting on a plane because of the Ebola scare.
Paul Brahim who’s headed to Atlantic City, was typical of the passengers we spoke with.READ MORE: High School Spring Sports Kick Off After Being Canceled Last Year During Pandemic's Start
“We’ve had one death in the United States,” said Brahim. “Tragic as it is, it’s not an airborne virus, so I’m not concerned about it spreading.”
In fact, so far there are no confirmed cases of anyone contracting Ebola on an airplane.
Stephen Thomas, of the North Hills, was flying to Philadelphia Thursday night. He says the most dangerous part of his flight is already over.
“While there is a danger for those who are in direct contact, that’s not most of us,” he said. “I drove to the airport. It’s more dangerous for me to drive to the airport than it is for me to get on this plane.”
At Pittsburgh International, officials say they do have an infectious disease emergency plan. But they’ll only put it into effect if the CDC or the Allegheny County Health Department asks them to. It’s never happened.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh-Area Caregivers Asking Lawmakers To Increase Minimum Wage End 48-Hour Fast
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