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Attention Europe Travelers: Don’t Fly with Swine Flu

July 20, 2009 | Posted in: Airline News,Europe,Passengers,Travel Safety

Yes, I know it’s properly called H1N1, but I think most people know it better as “swine flu”.

Whatever you call it – do not be suffering from it – if you intend to fly on British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. The two UK-based carriers say, passengers with the virus will be stopped from boarding.

British Airways says those demonstrating the virus’ symptoms – headache, sore throat, runny nose – will be questioned and assessed. And Virgin Atlantic says, anyone who had swine flu should bring a note from a doctor proclaiming themselves “fit to fly”.

Don’t take a chance. If you have a big trip coming up – one you can’t afford to change – get reliable trip insurance (and don’t believe everything a salesman tells you – read the fine print for yourself).

Don’t fly when you’re sick. That’s just common sense.

6 Responses to “Attention Europe Travelers: Don’t Fly with Swine Flu”

  1. Alexis says:

    I love that this is posted right after the post encouraging travelers to go to the Bahamas to swim with the pigs.

  2. Rick Seaney says:

    For those of you who don’t know what Alexis is talking about, check this out: http://standarduprightposition.com/2009/07/20/fly-to-bahamas-swim-with-pigs/
    I have to admit, this “porcine pairing” slipped right past by me!

  3. Denise G says:

    are there any “reliable trip insurance” carriers you recommend?

  4. Rick Seaney says:

    It’s my policy not to recommend any particular insurance company. Besides, the best reviews come via word-of-mouth: talk to people you trust who’ve used trip insurance and see what they liked (or didn’t like).
    Also, there are numerous insurance “ratings” sites on the internet: try searching for some using “trip”, “insurance” and “reviews”.
    Hope this helps, and good luck.

  5. Irma B says:

    Hi, I have a trip planned to go visit my parents and siblings in Sweden and am a bit concerned as am taking my 23 months old daughter with me.
    What’s your wiev point on flying from the US to Sweden, a long flight, with the swine flu risk?

    Are we in a big risk in a plane?

    Thanks for asnwers.

  6. Rick Seaney says:

    I think the only person truly qualified to answer this is your own pediatrician, and I would direct this question to him or her. Meantime, here is a link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on travel and the H1N1 virus (what we called “swine flu”) which has a lot of information: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/content/novel-h1n1-flu.aspx
    Hope this helps,

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