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Swine Flu Outbreak Updates: 01-May-09: Air Transport Association of America

Air Transport Association of America: ATA wrote (30-Apr-09) to Vice President Biden, expressing its “extreme disappointment” over his suggestion that people should avoid air travel in response to the outbreak. In an interview of NBC’s ‘Today’ Show interview, VP Biden stated he would not recommend taking any commercial flight "at this point", due to the ability of the virus to spread "in confined places.

The Air Transport Association of America, (ATA) the industry trade organization for the leading US airlines, wrote (30-Apr-09) to Vice President Biden regarding his remarks made this morning on the NBC “Today” show.

ATA President and CEO James C May said, “Vice President Biden’s comment that people should avoid air travel in response to the H1N1 flu outbreak was extremely disappointing. The airlines have been working daily with government agencies, none of whom suggest people avoid air travel, unless they are not feeling well. The fact is that the air onboard a commercial aircraft is cleaner than that in most public buildings.”