Saturday, January 17, 2015
Travels: Ill Passengers
If you travel on planes very often, you've probably encountered a sick passenger. Could be a sneezer, a cougher, or someone who sounds like they're on their last breath.
You're thinking...why did the airline allow these people to board? It appears there are no federal laws or regulations stating sick people can't get on a plane. However, airlines do reserve the right to refuse a passenger to board if the ground crew thinks that person is too sick to fly.
Keep in mind, these crew are not medically trained. Instead, they are trying their best to assess the situation regarding a sick passenger.
So, what do you do if you're seated next to someone who is sick? These days, planes are almost always full, so switching seats may not be an option. Chances are, you'll just have to put up with the sick person seated next to you.
Do your best to avoid any contact with that person, wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer, and hope for a quick flight.