October 15th, 2014
10:32 AM ET

Should Air Travel Be Restricted Because of Ebola?

Should air travel be restricted as a way to attempt to contain Ebola? CNN Aviation Analyst Miles O' Brien says no.

O'Brien tells CNN's Chris Cuomo that we need levels of defense against the disease, but not a travel ban.

"I don't think it's possible and I think the consequences of that are so great and so draconian, that I think it is better to approach it the way it is being approached now," he says.

Health screenings to help prevent the spread of Ebola began Saturday for some travelers to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, and four other airports will add the screenings Thursday, according to the CDC.

"We're all on the same planet here and isolating this kind of thing is not gonna happen," O'Brien says.

Watch the clip above and let us know if you agree or disagree

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  1. MW

    WHY ARE WE ASKING THIS QUESTION?
    ONE NURSE, 2 FLIGHTS = 800 CONTACTS – and we are SHOCKED!
    Yet, we allow 150 from EBOLA INFECTED COUNTRY ONTO U.S. SOIL

    WE MUST CONTAIN THE EBOLA VIRUS AT POINT OF ORIGIN – AND UNTIL FULLY CONTAINED IN W.AFRICA
    ALL INCOMING FLIGHTS FROM EBOLA INFECTED AFRICA SHOULD BE RESTRICTED

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    October 17, 2014 at 12:18 am | Reply
  2. andy

    there should definitely be on a travel ban from west africa...our small world should be treated like a global hospital and if you have an outbreak in one wing(west africa) .you MUST isolate that wing to esential staff.NO VISITORS IN OR OUT.we are .putting a travel ban domesticaly.
    we cannot rely on peoples honesty by filling out a questionaire...just ask customs

    October 16, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  3. Molly

    Common sense would dictate that ALL air traffic from the affected regions be halted immediately. I don't care about the economic consequences. Screening at airports will not work, what part of up to 21 days does the CDC and our Administration not understand? People can still enter this country and be contagious shortly thereafter, in the meantime exposing our citizens. PLUS, the virus is continuously mutating and may become more easily spread or start spreading before people become symptomatic. THEY KNOW THIS, close the border.

    October 16, 2014 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  4. Cheryl

    Why do we waste our precious resources debating this at a level that is non-sensical? Where is rationality? It is in the garbage with our politicans who are an utter and absolute disgrace to America. Consider for even a moment as a reader of this paragraph whether you in Liberia or other outbreak areas would want to travel to the US or other countries, exposing your loved ones to a potentially deadly disease before knowing whether you are disease free? Any decent person who cares for humanity and not just themselves would say no. The solution is so simple, so rational as to be rejected by those who would seek to confuse and spin information to their own gain at the expense of lives around the globe. A 21 DAY RULE: You don't need to ban flights, you merely need to have those who wish to fly or travel outside of an infected country to be quarantined for 21 DAYS (or make it 25 days) to ensure they are not transporting a deadly weapon. Would any rational person reject this? The discussion about temperature ranges and more aggressive monitoring is so intellectually insulting as to be an utter embarrassment. THE 21 DAY RULE. Tweet this, report on this, spend your time on a solution too simple to be manipulated even by the depths of our political landscape. This needs to come from hardworking Americans who truly care about their country and their children. #21dayrule let's use all of energy as the decent people that everyday Americans are to demand that our "leaders" act, and act now before it is too late and even one more precious life is lost than has to be in this country, and with containment, eventually globally.

    October 16, 2014 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  5. Marie

    Dear CDC- Shut down commercial flights from the Ebola-sticken nations in West Africa and do not allow "visitors" from the hot spot. Send supportive aid in the form of supplies, food, water, and trained healthcare workers who are willing and able to help. Isolate every person traveling back from these nations, as well as every person who has been in contact with infected individuals here in the US. If you've signed up to help, God bless you. Stay put- no travel, no parties, no dinner out at a restaurant. Act as if it's a matter of life and death to keep this thing 100% contained, because it is. Also, planes that have been flying people from Ebola-stricken nations need to undergo extensive decontamination.

    October 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  6. Jim

    I completely disagree. Banning all forms of travel out of the hot zone is the first step toward any solution, and those people going in need to be quarantined and monitored before being released. As of this moment, at least thirty nations have imposed travel bans – and most are in Africa. Why not here in the United States? The White House and CDC have offered absolutely nothing to reassure people. Their only concern is to frame and spin information for the sake of avoiding mass panic and preserving political capital at the expense of placing 319 million people at risk. CDC Director Tom Frieden has earned well-deserved praise for his accomplishments in the past, but it's a sure bet his decision-making is currently being guided far more by politics than by logical, practical reasoning. In perhaps his greatest understatement of the year, Obama is now directing his administration to respond "in a much more aggressive way". Ya think? He's also cautioning us not to let our fears overshadow the crisis in Africa. Yes, Mr. President, you are correct. It is totally selfish of me to be so overly concerned about my health even when it has been revealed an infected person from Guinea was on board my plane. Mr President, why don't you fly Frontier or United for a while and in between, get up close and personal with your family. I promise I'll do the same if you do.

    October 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  7. Sherri

    Not sure how he can equate the suspension of flights "out" of Africa to denying aide. Yes aide should be in abundance but allowing people to board commercial flights and trot about the globe is simply wrong. If people who are invested in airline stocks are worried of what stopping commercial flights out of Africa will do (and there are always those who will let their wallets lead them) they need to consider the financial impact of not taking that action. It will just scare others from traveling at all and the cost of managing hazmat cleaning of schools, planes, school buses, hospitals, malls, apts....well it will staggering.

    October 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  8. Name*

    So they blame the health care workers when it's the government's fault in the first place. There should be no reason why someone who has been in contact with Ebola patients over in Africa area should be allowed back into the US, unless the government takes action before they depart that country. Example people that have came in contact or helping humanitarian missions should be subjected to a 21 day isolation to make sure the disease isn't being spread nation wide. This government is ignorant, remember the bubonic plague? I thought we were supposed to learn from our history. I work in health care and this is very scary, it just seems like the government doesn't get how this can spread like wild fire. And now Obama wants to send our military over there, are you stupid your just subjecting innocent people to this disease. He should have to go over there too along with congress, then we'll see how that affects their decision.

    October 16, 2014 at 10:59 am | Reply
  9. Cindy

    All flights out of the affected African countries should stop. Flights in–you go in, you stay in.

    October 16, 2014 at 10:06 am | Reply
  10. Teresa

    Doesn't anyone know what "ISOLATION" means?! We sure as heck could have avoided epidemic if we had stopped EVERYONE, AMERICAN OR NOT, WITH EBOLA FROM ENTERING THIS COUNTRY!!!! ADDITIONALLY, ALL FLIGHTS FROM AFRICA SHOULD HAVE BEEN CUT OFF/CANCELLED!!!! Once again, I say, if people are willing to go over there and help, fine, but if they become sick then let them stay over there and either survive or not!!!!! The first and idiotic and fatal mistake was bringing ANYONE with Ebola or Ebola symptoms into our country to being with!!!!! Come on people, CDC and NIH are smarter than this, if not, that is really scary!!!!!

    October 16, 2014 at 10:04 am | Reply
  11. Shevon

    Every single plane, bus, train should be grounded. In Africa they can walk to other nations or drive across borders and then take a plane. As easy as it was for this nurse to leave and go to another state. What are we going to wait till it becomes an EPIDEMIC before we realize human beings dont have common sense or respect for fellow man. People are going to keep it hush about being ill unless there is a cure. They dont trust the government as far as they can spit. They know that they can secretly be killed off because they are a threat.. Look at past history when other deadly illness outbreaks occurred.

    October 16, 2014 at 8:29 am | Reply
  12. Ruth

    Restriction of flights will not end the spread of Ebola, it will take going to the source. It's about time someone ask how the people without all this high tech equipment has saved the lives of others in their villages and townships(haven't heard of any complete villages or townships wipe-out), how one country with 20 cases knocked it out (Controlled-Contact Tracing) and has no reported cases, how doctors have been fighting it for years in that region of the world and only a few team members were infected working with 1000s of victims of Ebola. Not one humanitarian group nor has our government felt a need to support research for a cure; now that it's here the banners come out. Good job. Now who will pay for the tests for those in the hot-zone or will we just sit in hype fear of what might become of the whole situation, it's what has happened so far, and the politicians and shut-up because they voted to end the research and tried to close the bio-hazard hospital in Nebraska.

    October 16, 2014 at 7:46 am | Reply
  13. MM

    There absolutely should be a travel ban FROM any countries under quarantine conditions into the USA. There is no cure or vaccine against Ebola at this time and it is obviously spreading like wildfire in W. Africa.
    If people travel TO these countries they do so at their own risk and should NOT return on commercial airlines or other public transportation.
    Anyone on the Ebola watch list already in this country should not board public transportation of any kind - and should be kept as quarantined as possible for the duration of the incubation, period. Otherwise, it will spread like crazy here too.
    The CDC are being very weak and stupid thus far in how they have dealt with every single aspect of this. It is apparent that people may not have more than mild flu-like symptoms at the onset of the contagious period, during the first day or two, thus risk exposing others at this time. The only way to prevent exposure is to have those on the "watch list" fairly well quarantined for the 21 days.
    ANYONE who has been exposed to the disease in this country needs to be in a semi-quarantined environment for the duration of the incubation, period.

    October 16, 2014 at 6:52 am | Reply
  14. sean

    The healthcare workers who were under "self-monitoring" are NOT allowed to fly, yet we will allow EVERYONE from West Africa, as long as they have a normal temperature when they board the plane.

    October 16, 2014 at 6:28 am | Reply
    • Carolyn hunter

      The nurses aren't supposed to fly but she did! She is a health care provider exposed to ebola...therefore she was negligent and should be prosecuted as such. The nurses union needs to educate their nurses on common sense!!!

      October 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  15. Tracy

    This man called air flight restriction "draconian". That's what some like to do to make others feel bad about their opinion. He said we simply "can't" in this day. Of course we can. We can restrict general travel, and of course we should if we want to limit the spread.

    The guy also said we can rely upon airport screenings, and he added, "of course we would have to rely upon them being honest" (not a direct quote). Uh, WHAT? Duh...didn't we rely upon that with the Thomas Duncan fellow? Let's hope people are honest? Is it me, or are people afraid of not being politically correct? There is no sense to this at all.

    October 16, 2014 at 5:48 am | Reply
  16. paultvanslyke

    What about the airport screeners/workers who are testing for potential Ebola infections? Are they trained to come into direct contact with Ebola? Obviously, if you are an airport screener taking temperatures at the airport and someone sneezes on you, you're going to get sick. I think this virus is more serious than we are being led to believe.

    October 16, 2014 at 4:36 am | Reply
  17. DJ

    Complete travel ban is urgently needed. I am a doctor and I cringe whenever I hear these talking heads from the CDC and gov give these lame excuses. Aid workers that go to Africa can return and be quarantined for 21 days before release to the general public. Problem solved! No Ebola gets to the US! Use your brain people!!

    October 16, 2014 at 2:52 am | Reply
    • Anne

      Agreed: not only can we, we must stop this thing. We need a three-part approach. (1) NO one enters the US who has been in an ebola-affected area, without a 24-day (i.e. more than the minimum 21-day) quarantine. Pick three cities into which flights will be allowed to arrive, set up quarantine barracks there, and refuse to allow other flights to land here. (2) we organize a world response to send aid and equipment to affected areas. (3) we step up training here so there won't be any more Dallas situations. Much easier to stop this now than if it gets out of control.

      October 16, 2014 at 8:42 am | Reply
  18. dave

    PLEASE.....................I gods name restrict air travel. this is just common sense. and where are the quarantine centers that should have been built years ago. we are not prepared and this could wipe out a generation ........or worse!

    October 16, 2014 at 2:09 am | Reply
  19. James

    It's almost like they are trying to infect on a wide scale doesn't it? Nothing proves to me otherwise as of yet.

    October 16, 2014 at 1:57 am | Reply
    • James

      They're*

      October 16, 2014 at 1:58 am | Reply
    • James

      Let's recap,
      No flights/connecting flights stopped from reaching NA from ebola stricken nations. Fail #1
      Health system initially failed Duncan, sent home. Fail #2
      Nurses in Texas somehow contract Ebola, with reported 50+ other staff attending to Duncan – PPE Fail, Personnel fail #3
      2nd nurse for whatever reason with symptoms 'Asks' CDC if she can fly, CDC didn't say she couldn't – Fail #4
      CDC has contradicting statements from earlier till now – Fail #5
      Airport screenings looking for 100.4 F temperatures for possible Ebola infected persons, Nurse reported symptoms @ 99.5F – Fail #6
      Possible banning of potential but unproven ebola person's on U.S. commercial flights, will ultimately be fail #7 due to Fail #1 for confusion purposes.
      Last but not least, the world is lacking serious response other then those on the front lines or near Guinea, SL and Liberia – Fail #8

      October 16, 2014 at 2:11 am | Reply
  20. dancingteeth

    Absolutely! Restrict air travel! It's ridiculous that it hasn't been done already. This disease is about life and death, not convenience and profit margins!

    October 16, 2014 at 12:46 am | Reply
  21. dancingteeth

    Absolutely! Restrict air travel! It is ridiculous that it hasn't been done already. This is a matter of life and death, not convenience and profit margins!

    October 16, 2014 at 12:44 am | Reply
  22. Rayroy

    Greed and financial issues will be humanity's undoing. Ebola has a 21 day incubation period. If someone got infected a few days before leaving, they would be totally asymptomatic. Once they returned home to their country, the onus is on that person to not only identify their symptoms, but to do something about it. A lot of people in that situation would likely choose to ignore their symptoms till a late stage, at which time, they would've spread the virus to several others. The number of cases would then increase exponentially. The world needs to work together to get this virus contained. The first step is definitely to ban all non-essential travel in/out of the affected countries. Each country would then need to monitor all recent travellers to affected countries for the 21 days. Many, many countries will also need to provide aid to affected countries to help get the virus contained in the affected countries.

    Unfortunately, I suspect all of the above measures will be put into effect when it's too late, and being the pessimist/realist that I am, I suspect the entire world will have to deal with Ebola.

    Another question people should be asking....We have known about the Ebola virus for years now...How come a vaccine wasn't developed a few years ago?

    October 16, 2014 at 12:22 am | Reply
  23. Michelle

    Disagree with man and agree with all comments thus far. This is just ridiculous, common sense is not being utilized. How can a person being monitored for Ebola board a plane?!!! Plane restriction is what people wanted from beginning but government afraid list and confused. Pestilence in time of end as Revelation predicted. Nobody would have beleived Ebola would be in the US.

    October 16, 2014 at 12:16 am | Reply
  24. Monique

    Ban all flights coming out of the region. All of the the other Countries would really have to do the same thing.Drop bundles of food and supplies and workers off. Contain the virus there! They won't because of business and money. America is vying with other countries like China, Japan and Germany for Africa's business and resources. Banning all flights also decreases our Gross Products...money, money , money. .Clearly cause and effect in import and export..can you say OIL (2.1 million barrels a day), DIAMONDS AND GOLD to name a few of their natural resources! The ban would not be forever...but how will they get help from America,. Germany, Japan and China if we are all infected, sick and dying? If i am not mistaken there are only 4 or 5 BIO-CONTAINMENT hospitals in the U.S. The Texas hospital is messing up at every level and that is just one hospital in the U.S. and they have medical training..protective gear etc and are still getting sick!!! Throw a little EV-D68, ISIS,and open borders into your EBOLA soup! GOD help us all! YES, I SAID, "GOD" in this country! I actually sang the Pledge of Allegiance in my home today too! To the forces that be..thank you for making a great country into a third world melting pot of disease and free loaders! Open borders, illegal immigrants that have not been isolated to make sure that they are not infected with something and then dispersing them throughout our nation and keeping their locations a secret too. Close the borders and the flights..get some control over your own nation before you worry about others for a minute! EBOLA IS REAL! We the People need to PROTEST this! How many of us are afraid?

    October 15, 2014 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  25. Jen

    This makes no sense. President Obama needs to take a leadership role in this and stop air travel. I don't know anyone who thinks otherwise. I have no faith in the CDC Chairman who keeps having to backtrack over every statement he makes. I have no faith in the President to make hard decisions that will put the safety of Americans first. And that is so so sad to say that as a proud American...

    October 15, 2014 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  26. JS

    I absolutely think that we should be limiting air travel far more than what it is now. The debacle in Dallas has shown that not all first-line health care workers are not up to the challenge of managing Ebola, and the second infected nurse who was permitted to travel knowing she had exposure and knowing that she had a fever boggles my mind. We ought to be quarantining those who have known exposure for 21 days- restricting air travel for 3 weeks is not 'draconian' in comparison to the lives it may save. Never mind the United States, what about other very populous countries where not all citizens have access to medical care? What about the first person who gets off a plane in India, in Indonesia, in China? Obviously we all share one planet and diseases travel, but it seems that we should be making a more serious effort to at least slow Ebola down while we train our health care staff to deal with it more safely and while we rush to develop more effective treatment and potentially vaccines and new medications down the road. I wanted to believe that the CDC could manage this threat in an efficient manner, but I have lost a lot of that earlier faith and am honestly apprehensive about the way this is being handled.

    October 15, 2014 at 10:56 pm | Reply
  27. david

    How are these people allowed to be on tv with their ignorance, of course we should ban flights, they have no precaution in place its ridiculous

    October 15, 2014 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  28. Dusty

    Maybe this is a new population control strategy ? I wonder how the economy will be doing when two thirds of us are gone? I can not think of any logical reason to allow travel to continue under the circumstances, and what they are telling us simply makes no sense, and as they say, if it makes no sense, it's probably a lie... I think something more is going on here than we are being told, what that might be? WHO knows?

    October 15, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  29. Stephen Rose

    We need to consider the U.S a village and stop all travel from affected areas to contain this disease until it's under control

    October 15, 2014 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  30. don

    bull baloney we do need to ban flights from the ebola stricken areas as a another layer of precaution. just look at
    what has happened in dallas and in protective suits. This is not a fire drill this is a real day challenge for the world
    not just Africa and the usa. This sickness needs to be pinned down where it originated and ramped down before
    we allow just about anyone flying over to this country.

    October 15, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  31. sandra

    Yes, please, please Obama/CDC Director take step to ban travel because the level of contact can be the "trigger" that sets the U.S. into ebola "hot spot" without cure!!!! Think of how many contacts were casually and personally made in a single commercial flight!!! CDC needs to handle or place a command monitoring center as soon as persons of interest are identified. Who should be responsible for keeping us safe? Our President, Our Governors & Senators, CDC and Health Patners--It's time- Take action NOW! Everyone contact your representatives and senators> President and CDC Home Offices in Atlanta – find it on the internet like I did and raise your concerns.

    October 15, 2014 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  32. JP

    I really think that there should be an all out travel ban to/from the hotspot countries. The only exception should be for legitimate aid and trained aid personnel. Otherwise the long 21 day incubation period will guarantee that it will spread disastrously. Screening for fever does very little with such a long incubation period.

    October 15, 2014 at 9:26 pm | Reply
    • JP

      ...oh...and any aid people who go (god bless you) need to be quarantined for 21 days before the leave

      October 15, 2014 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  33. Angela

    I agree with Erika and Jim,travel restrictions need to be imposed ASAP! Another point that the media hasn't brought up is that sick people are going to use public restrooms, water fountains, and other public facilities while traveling. Is that not facilitating the transfer of body fluids? If a travel ban is not enacted soon, hospitals here will soon be overwhelmed by both Americans who contracted the disease here on US soil (healthcare workers and their contacts)but also those traveling in from other countries as well. Also what about people dining out, is the silverware they use not contaminated as well if they are infected? Saliva is a bodily fluid is it not? I seriously doubt that the dishes are sanitized enough to kill Ebola either. All something to think about. And there is nothing "draconian" about protecting ourselves and our families against a horrific disease that has a mortality rate of 50-90%.

    October 15, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  34. Pat

    Yes.
    No one from the countries experiencing the Ebola epidemic in West Africa should be stepping foot on a airplane.
    If travel had been restricted Thomas Duncan could have never come to the US, regardless of whether he was telling the truth about his exposure to Ebola infected people.

    October 15, 2014 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  35. Debbie

    A travel ban in place for a few months or as long as it takes to contain this virus will not have the economic and other devastating impact we will see if we DON'T DO IT NOW!!! Obviously it's easier to catch than what they are telling us, otherwise why do they need HAZMAT suits, decontamination units, and so on? This is going to keep spreading unless the powers that be get their A$$ in gear and do what they need to do and that is stop flights from West Africa and deny access to our country to anyone with that stamped on their passport, along with what they are already doing, which, to me, doesn't seem like much.

    October 15, 2014 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  36. ramie

    please keep that nurse in jell for rest of her life, she knows how she risking the life of millions people , she is not stupid . keep her in jell , she freely flying back and forth and she knows what she doing

    October 15, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  37. Francisco

    This is crazy. Mr. O'Brien is a moron and should go I see firsthand what this virus does to people. The CDS should put a video rated R off course to protect kids from watching it and show the world what people look like when dying or been treated from this and tell people the reality that you only have a 50% to 80% chance of make it with the most advance care. People! this is serious and we cannot wait for the governments to take action. Stop traveling, stay home, and protect yourself for at least 90 days until this calm down if it does. If not there is nothing we can do. We are screw and many people are going to die a horrible death. We can stop this but not depending on the stupid, arrogant and greedy people of this world that we call leaders. This is already an outbreak and the US federal government still treating this as a SITUATION. INCREDIBLE HOW STUPID HUMANS CAN BE SOMETIME!!!! WE HAVE A REAL PROBLEM HERE AND IT’S JUST GOING TO GET WORST IF WE JUST DO WHAT THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED TODAY. Why are the governments doing this? What is behind all this? I’m scare and you should be scare too. But let’s do something together. Stop what you are doing, cancel any travels, let’s call all our leaders and make them do the right thing. I'm calling them and writing them tonight but the more calls and messages they get may change their mine and strategy and stop this once and for all.

    October 15, 2014 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  38. Cyndi

    Common sense? Here's some: JUST USE YOUR COMMON SENSE
    Stop the flights ...period. True you cannot stop all the travel but something has to be done.
    We need a team who is already schooled – where are our leaders? We look like scrambled eggs to other countries. This should all have been IN PLACE ALREADY.
    Protocol....where is the Protocol?
    WHAT A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS.

    October 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  39. Jerry

    Has anyone given consideration to the safety of our blood supply? Is the Red Cross taking the necessary steps to test
    the blood. Or are we going to have the same scenario as with Aids tainting the blood supply.

    October 15, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  40. chita

    I agree air travel should be completely restricted but only to and from Africa

    October 15, 2014 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  41. De

    This make NO sense. Stop All flights from Africa before more people die. If they need a plane with ad (medical supplies)
    air drop it (or if a plane lands there make the people on it say in quarantine for 21 days. NO one should come from there without being quarantined for 21 to 30 days. I don't believe you don't have it until you have a temperature. What about all the people in the waiting room in Texas and other patients that were in the hospital being seen by these doctors and nurses . That whole hospital should have been quarantine as soon as they knew he had it. Doctors and nurses should not have gone home.

    October 15, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  42. Rachel

    They are counting on honesty about previous contact with Ebola? Really? Then, another layer is to take the
    temperatures. But, the temps can be normal at a given time, and then spike up after the person has
    been assimilated into the country. Or, a person can take a few Tylenol and get that core temperature down before the temperature is to be taken. Stop commercial air travel from infected areas. Bring in aid and supplies on charter planes and
    military transport planes.

    October 15, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  43. Dr. JMC

    I would like to ask the President and the head of the CDC what the magic number is in regard to the cases of Ebola that have to occur in the United States before they think it is politically correct to consider travel restrictions. The odds of this disease spreading by air travel are going to just increase over time as more of the population in West Africa become infected. People who have the means to get out will likely come here if they can. We can expect a lot more cases if the current administration doesn't make the hard choice and limit travel from those countries. I did vote for Obama, so this isn't a Republican rant.

    October 15, 2014 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  44. steven

    One docter or nurse,taking care of infected.full body suit not the half Ass Shit I see in the news. Then isolated for 21 days. This half as shit going to get us all killed. If you want to travel here from, africa or return after taking care of infected people in Africa 21 days isolation. This take temperature shit is also going to get us killed. I wait a month for my passport before I could travel 21 days!Assholes!!!

    October 15, 2014 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  45. Erika

    Some flights are pretty long. What if they didn't have a temperature when they boarded but 5 hours in they do develop a temperature and start sweating? They could become contagious while on a flight? My common sense says yes they can become contagious while on a flight.

    I'm sorry for your loss airline but I think we need to stop air travel to and from any nation that has been affected with ebola.

    October 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  46. AMY

    OMG we are surrounded by morons running this country, COMMON SENSE WOULD BE TO BAN ALL FLIGHTS FROM THE COUNTRIES WITH EBOLA, until this is contained. How ignorant to put so many peoples lives at risk!!!!! How ignorant of the nurse for flying in the first place, knowing damn well she was in constant contact with an EBOLA patient, YOU ARE A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER "YOU OUT OF PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER THAN TO FLY, KNOWING YOU WHERE BEING MONITORED FOR EBOLA" How very very selfish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF WE HAD JUST BANNED ALL FLIGHTS, LIKE WE DID ON 911 , EBOLA WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ON U.S. SOIL!!!!!!!!!! So lets just let everyone keep flying and put everyone's life in jeopardy, who cares right as long as the airline is booming and making money, who cares about the re guard for human life!!!!!!!!!! JUST PLAIN OUT DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!

    October 15, 2014 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  47. Linda

    Absolutely restrict flights. You never know if people on your flight may have been on other flights & may have been exposed. If I understand it correctly, didn't Mr. Duncan not tell the truth about being exposed to anyone with ebola, when in fact he had. So, unless everyone is honest, how can you be sure? Also, I just saw on the news that the second nurse who has Ebola was NOT to fly commercial, when in fact, she did. What is the matter with people??????

    October 15, 2014 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  48. NSimai Rossa

    What are you all thinking!?!? Is the economy more important than humans!?!

    October 15, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  49. Teresa

    I completely disagree. Air travel MUST be restricted. If this administration won't follow the logical path to eliminate rapid dissemination of this pathogen, then the AIRLINES should restrict travel from west Africa and epidemic locations. If ONE AIRLINE would restrict travel their profits would sky rocket. It would be the only airline I and many others would travel.

    October 15, 2014 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  50. Mike

    Respectfully disagree. Until we have a better hold of this, travel needs to be banned. Just like war on terrorism its better to fight it over there instead of here. Trust me, entire world wants America to stop travel because once its in America, its every where in the world because Americans travel a lot. I am not saying don't help west African countries but we need to protect ourselves first. If we aren't protected, we can't help anyone else. Its in everybody's interest for us to suspend VISAs from those 3 African countries.

    October 15, 2014 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  51. CLR

    Absolutely the US and Europe should impose a travel ban for at least the next 3-6 months. People and supplies can be flown into the West African countries, but NO PEOPLE can fly out of those countries to the US or Europe, at least for 3-6 months, until the epidemic is over. That is the only way to ISOLATE the epidemic and PREVENT it's spread. Let's do PREVENTION instead of waiting to TREAT the disease.

    October 15, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  52. Greg

    Completely disagree. Draconian measures are needed urgently to quell this draconian disease. People like Miles, the CDC, etc. are fooling themselves if they think we can control this without drastic measures.

    October 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  53. Concerned woman

    Lots of this sounds like platitudes. The hemorrhagic fevers have been studied for over forty years. The politics of Power, money and bureaucracy are the problem. Ebola is classified as a level 4 risk, the highest. Bio containment suits at that level for research require total waterproof coverage with self contained breathing systems. Rooms must have airlocks. The price of a single suit online is over $1000. What does that tell you?

    October 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  54. Renee

    Shut it DOWN!! I think the world has gone CRAZY. Of course we feel for those who are ill and living in the most affected areas. But, the only way to stop ebola is to isolate it and let it die. ISOLATE IT!!!

    October 15, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  55. Don

    Lets put our egos aside. Ebola will continue to spread here in the U.S. because of ignorance and a lack of preparedness. Imposing travel bans on people coming from West Africa would slow down the spread of the virus, but our government is more concerned with the global economies and money than your lives. Our lives are the sacrifice here. Listen to the majority of Americans and impose a flight ban Mr. President!

    October 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  56. Jerry

    One would think that such questions pretty much answer themselves. But I guess one would be wrong. This is a no-brainer.

    October 15, 2014 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  57. Mark

    There is no sense in waiting until it's too late. Because of the globalization of our environment due to travel and trade, a deadly virulent virus like this can make its way quickly around the world and cause a 21st century plague. Being proactive is a good thing. I agree with Jim.

    October 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  58. Kathy Counts

    First of all, this hospital should have ABSOLUTELY NEVER released Duncan when he first went to the hospital. What were they thinking, especially when he had told them where he had been. Now I firmly believe that if you are involved in treating an Ebola patient, you should be quarantined for a month. Shame on that nurse for traveling on a commercial airplane....what was she thinking. This is serious if stupid people remain stupid. It can spread like wildfire unless we get smart.

    October 15, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  59. Paul E

    The is the most ridiculous thing ive ever heard. So you're telling the American public that its better to let people travel to the US from massively infected countries than to not let them travel here. So exposing us to more risk is better than exposing us to less risk. None of the proponents of this viewpoint have demonstrated enough evidence to support what they are saying. This in itself is another example of how our country is run by money and the people that have the majority of it, not by common sense or in the best interest of the people.

    October 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  60. Pat

    If anyone has traveled to these areas having a Ebola outbreak they should have to be quarantined for the 21days(no exceptios)

    October 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  61. Ann khoury

    I disagree! Close the boarders from flights and ships of the countries involved! Ask the world for humanitarian aid to help these countries! If this spreads world wide, are people who could could have done something, own up to the fact that more could have been done! Air lines can not be thrilled flying into those countries realizing people boarding that plane could be affected. Stop it now because you can't go back when it has spread world wide!!! Take a lesson from terrible sicknesses in the past! People that can stop this DEADLY VIRUS need to do this for the world's good!

    October 15, 2014 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  62. mamabear

    All non-essential air travel in and out of the 3 African countries should be strictly prohibited. Not just for USA, but Europe, where most of these African flights connect through before coming to US, and every where else. I can't believe this hasn't been done already! Contain that mess over there until it burns out and we can figure out how to effectively combat it. Figure it out over there, not here. Now it is here and it appears to be turning into a big mess. Why is it so important that these people NEED to travel? This is a critical situation, to say the least. I realize it is only 2 health care workers so far over here, but look how easily it could now potentially be in Ohio. And on and on.... And i'm not buying all of the CDC 'facts' on how this horrendous disease is spread. Seems like it might be a bit easier to catch than they are leading us all to believe.

    October 15, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  63. Mike

    Yes, Air Travel should be restricted from West Africa. Taking someone temperature is not enough to determine if the person sitting next to me that came from West Africa does not have Ebola. A simple sneeze, cough is enough to spread the virus on me in which I could then be infected.

    October 15, 2014 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  64. terri

    it seems that many of us are more concerned about containing this disease than the CDC or our government. does anyone know how we can make our voices heard – that we demand more aggressive containment measures, regardless of the cost to civil liberties? I don't even know where to start.

    October 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  65. rosethornne

    Travel ban would not help, but quarantines have been successfully used in the past.

    October 15, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  66. Loretta Neace

    yes all flights should be stopped from those countries and anyone that has treated the ones with ebola needs to be quarantined and not left to self monitoring cause we can all see that didnt work as that nurse took off as soon as she could so now all those people she flew with have to be monitored etc...and it will not stop till its too late if someone doesn't do something

    October 15, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  67. BetterSafeThanSorry

    If there is a 21 day incubation period make everyone who goes to Africa wait out the 21 days in a location until we know they aren't infected. Period. In Guantanamo Bay, at a closed hospital, wherever... Just don't pretend we're invincible!

    October 15, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  68. Rhonda Patten

    The way to contain ebola is isolation. A healthcare worker who is "not allowed' to fly commercially, but does so any way is not in isolation. Unfortunately, human life is expendable and airline profits are not expendable. Airlines, air ports, and businesses will lose profit if we restrict travel. Hospitals will earn profits for treating ebola patients. So what if a few hundred people die. Profit over all.

    October 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  69. Martha

    Disagree. Send health care workers over to affected countries and take care of issues there. Shut down travel from affected countries until it is under control. Put all health care workers in hospital rooms for 21 days after working on affected patient. We can't trust people not to go on with their lives and risk infecting others.

    October 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  70. GDawg

    We cannot simply limit/cancel flights from Africa. It has to be a complete shutdown. What stops people from flying to another country and THEN to the US? Nothing. This virus can incubate for weeks in your system. Just because the CDC says you are not contagious until you show symptoms does not necessarily mean that is true. We should all be scared because like any other virus, there is no CURE! The hospitals can help ease the symptoms but your body has to be able to fight it off on its own. Any individual who has survived ebola should be paid extensively and have their plasma harvested as often as is healthy for them... this appears to be the only way to help already infected people. I would also like to add that Americans have become significantly lazy in their own health practices! Sit in a bathroom stall for 15 minutes and count how many people come in and use the toilet and then WALK AWAY WITHOUT washing their hands!!!! It absolutely blows my mind!! Watched a lady walk out of the bathroom in a store without washing her hands and then saw her in the eyeglass portion of the store trying on glasses!!! People put those on their face!! We may not be a 3rd worlds country but our hygiene is close! Not to mention that people have absolutely zero work ethic so they do their jobs half-ass without following protocols and everyone else suffers... that goes for EVERYBODY! Nurses, doctors, food servers, cooks, cleaning crews... you name it!!! Also, to say this virus is not air-borne defies logic!!! When you cough or sneeze, all of your "bodily fluids" in your nose and chest come flying out of your body and across the room wherever you are!!! Anyone standing withing a minor radius of you or someone walking by within that radius has the potential to get thos droplets in their eyes, nose or mouth!! Get real people... this is going to get WAY worse before it gets better!

    October 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  71. John from Shelton CT

    You have to really ask yourself, what it god's name is wrong with our leaders that they don't have the common sense to impose a travel ban? As Ed put it – It's a no brainer! Stop allowing people into the United States that have been to West Africa less than a month earlier. People need to get off the behinds and demand that their congressional leaders take the necessary action to protect us all.

    October 15, 2014 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  72. Francesco

    Yes! They MUST BE! What are we waiting for?
    Isn't it a nonsense to seek just a few days later a plane landed for any passenger who were on board just beacuse it turned out that among them there was an infected person??
    It would be TOO LATE!

    October 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  73. mbernstein@fuse.net

    Obviously yes, since people exposed lack either the common sense or personal responsibility to police themselves.

    October 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  74. Rob

    This is an outrage on so many levels that it almost seems purposeful... How can so many educated people lack so much common sense! Restrict people traveling from these Ebola infected countries to necessary personnel. As for devastating these countries because of restricted travel, well they are already devastated and Im sure their tourism is already down.... If we allow military and aid workers only TO those countries, and only sick Americans back to our country through military channels, then that makes sense. We need to be a country that, yes worries about the world, but worries about our own first. We are jeopardizing the health of our citizens, our way of life, and our children for political correctness....

    October 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  75. Jonathon

    They should have restricted air travel to and from countries with the outbreak months ago, an the fact that the question is NOW being brought up is idiotic. But they won't, because EVERYTHING is about money.

    October 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  76. Lawrence Otwell

    The Thomas Duncan episode defines the issue – he lied about exposure to get out of Africa. Texas hospital and most others unprepared and largely unpreparable. Only 4 locations in US equipped for this level of isolation and those only capable of handling a sparse handful of patients at a time. Our full capability can be easily swamped by the exposed population we have now. No one should get in from West Africa without a 21-day quarantine and negative ebola test. We can't let Obama sacrifice the lives of every American man, woman, and child on the altar of political correctness.

    October 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  77. Diane

    The CDC needs to get a handle on this before it gets worse and restrict travel. This is getting out of control.

    October 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  78. Sharon

    I think that after many years in America that we have NOT had contagions like Ebola around, people do not understand the word quarantine. We had to do this for chickenpox, measles, and mumps. For children that were more difficult to keep busy. You would think a professional nurse would understand the immediate necessity of staying PUT!

    October 15, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  79. secretmachine24

    We have to stop looking at this from an economic perspective and use our common sense. Civilian airlines should not be able to travel to or from the countries that have an active Ebola outbreak. The only flights going in and should be chartered or military flights bringing in and out support personnel. Once the personnel return to their home countries they should be isolated for 21 days to ensure the virus is not present. Thermal scans prior to boarding a plane should be required in all neighboring countries to prevent people from crossing a border and getting on a plane. This is the only way we can keep the virus isolated to its current geography and maintain supplies and relief for the countries that need it.

    October 15, 2014 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  80. secretmachine24

    We have to stop looking at this from an economic perspective and use our common sense. Civilian airlines should not be able to travel to or from the countries that have an active Ebola outbreak. The only flights going in and should be chartered or military flights bringing in and out support personnel. Once the personnel return to their home countries they should be isolated for 21 days to ensure the virus is not present. Thermal scans prior to boarding a plane should be required in all neighboring countries to prevent people from crossing a border and getting on a plane. This is the only way we can keep the virus isolated to its current geography and maintain supplies and relief for the countries that need it.

    October 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  81. Margaret Rodden

    Disagree. Shouldn't we put in place the travel ban until we do have the levels of defence that he suggests! I believe our hospitals employees are worth not taking the chances as previously.

    October 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  82. Ed

    It is a no-brainer. Restrict air travel to and from the countries with Ebola outbreak. The only reason it is here now is because we didn't do it sooner.

    October 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  83. Carla

    This makes NO sense. The healthcare workers who were under "self-monitoring" are NOT allowed to fly, yet we will allow EVERYONE from Africa, as long as they have a normal temperature when they board the plane. What does that say about our ability to keep this virus out? This does not make sense, and we will see additional cases in the U.S.

    October 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Reply
    • Edward

      and then there's this element
      http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/10/14/nbcs-medical-expert-under-quarantine-for-ebola-caught-in-public/

      October 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • Just Pissed

      I completely agree, Carla. I bet they will finally decide to ban travel from Africa once it's too late and thousands have contracted it here. Pisses me off.

      October 15, 2014 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  84. Mike

    Hello, do you remember all flights being grounded after 911? Anything is possible...

    October 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Reply
    • Carol

      I strongly agree. We should ground all flights.

      October 16, 2014 at 12:05 am | Reply
      • Carol

        Using common sense, it is logical that planes should be ground for 21 days. It can take up to 21 days for a person with Ebola to show symptoms. Horrible to think in terms of quarenteening a entire nation? Yes, but wiser than relying on Hope with an outbreak or epidemic this dangerous in our midst. And, they say Ebola can mutate. Yes, they think it IS possible that it could eventually become airborne. We have to minimize the risks for all now. I am not a doomsayer, rather a person using coming sense at a time of possible national crisis.

        October 16, 2014 at 12:19 am |
  85. Erika Respress

    ABSOLUTELY!! Something needs to be done until the situation in Texas is under control. Disregard the right to pursuit of happiness, life and liberty. If you are from Texas, stay there and if you go to Texas but are from somewhere else, still stay there!! Increase screening and incubation periods before anyone is allowed to leave Texas and move freely throughout the country going God knows where and infecting God knows whom. It is ridiculous that the Vinson young lady even was allowed to leave for any reason. It is not common sense to think that airports are safe with this situation in Texas, especially since we are not all from the same state and not many of us have the integrity to do as we are asked anyway! Hence the reason, Ebola is here on US soil in the first place! (I'm just saying). If we as citizens do not take our own health and precaution seriously then put us on punishment and restrictions to force us to be more careful and considerate of everybody else! This is some ridiculous stuff! I am all for freedom and civil/human rights but when your freedom violates and places at risk my health and well being there has to be a line drawn somewhere. SHEESH I am pissed by the arrogance we have that we are invincible and do not see anything wrong with this potential outbreak and we are not even 100% certain it is not airborne or able to be transmitted in other ways. Case in point, Oprah's story a few years back on bacteria and body particles on movie theatre seats, bar nuts, door handles, etc. The people who were in the airport with Thomas Eric Duncan and Ms. Vinson went home somewhere, touched a dollar bill somewhere, ate at a restaurant somewhere, handled door handles, and went on with their lives SOMEWHERE, does not mean it is in Texas. So, I am just saying until Texas is cleared, I am not going there and don't want anyone in my face who has been or is from there. Bump that!

    October 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Reply
    • walte65

      Well, that would also now include Ohio, seeing as the most recent case flew from Dallas, Texas Cleveland, Ohio and then back to Dallas, Texas. Also what about the other 132 passengers and crew that where on that plane that went on to other destinations around the country?

      October 15, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  86. Jim

    I didn't watch the video, I didn't see world renowned epidemiologist in his title. I am not interested on the financial impact to airlines. This thing could blow-up if we don't apply some common sense to defeating Ebola.

    October 15, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • Erika Respress

      I am with Jim on this one. Where the heck is common sense in this?? I guess since commercial airlines only fly one place and transport people from the same place all the time right..(SARCASM LACED COMMENT)

      October 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Reply

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