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It’s always been a bad idea to joke about a bomb on the plane, but now you can also add Ebola to the list of things not to joke about while traveling.
Yesterday, a USAirways flight from Philadelphia to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic was held for 2 hours upon arrival due to a passenger having joked about having Ebola after traveling to Africa. Neither of these things turned out to be true.
Passenger Patrick Narvaez shot the above video, describing the situation as such:
Once we landed in Punta Cana we were told by the flight attendants that there was a situation and that a passenger may have been in Africa and had Ebola. She was certain it was a hoax but they did not take any chances and had a full hazmat crew board the plane and take the passenger off. It was later confirmed that the passenger was never in Africa and after 2hrs we were finally able to get off the plane.
Look, this guy was not funny. He shouldn’t have said what he did. But that said, this Ebola panic has continued to be overblown. There is no reason why this flight should have been met by people in hazmat suits, nor should it have taken 2 hours to figure out that it was a joke. His fellow passengers don’t seem particularly concerned about the situation, since they’re laughing and shooting video.
Thousands of people die from the flu each year. Thousands of people die in car accidents each year, some of them on their way to or from the airport. If you were going to be unreasonably concerned about danger while traveling, those are far more legitimate worries. Again: you are not going to get Ebola, so stop freaking out.
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