ABIA: No Ebola screening measures planned

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Airline stock prices took a tumble amid travel concerns that grew after an Ebola-infected nurse said she flew on a Frontier Airlines flight from Dallas to Cleveland. But despite any fears, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport said they do not plan any additional Ebola detection or protection outside their normal operations.

Frontier is trying to track down passengers on five different flights that utilized the same plane as the infected nurse, but passengers arriving in Austin Thursday seemed unfazed by it all.

“Everyone looked normal, I didn’t wear any masks. It was just another day,” said Bryan Pham who was arriving from California for a wedding.

ABIA does not receive direct flights from Africa and advanced screenings will begin at five major United States airports that receive most African flight arrivals. An airport spokesperson said additional Ebola measures will not implemented in Austin unless the health department deems them necessary.

“I fly. I know my precautions. I know what I need to do to keep myself safe,” said passenger Shelley Davis who arrived from North Carolina.

The Health Department did not comment about possible airport safety measures, but said Center of Disease Control guidelines would be followed if Ebola-related concerns did force implementation.

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