City Paper is not for tourists
I don’t think we’ve hit full swine flu hysteria yet. But this is close. The Associated Press reported last night that two drunk dudes flying in from Cancun caused a swine flu panic by the time they landed at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The AP writes:
“The commotion began when AirTran Flight 85 from Cancun, Mexico, radioed ahead to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport that two passengers were had nausea and fever, said airport spokesman Jonathan Dean. When it landed, the airport’s fire and rescue department met it.
The two men were isolated and examined, said David Paulson, director of communications for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said they simply had too much to drink.
They did not have respiratory distress that is a symptom of swine flu, Paulson said.
They refused treatment, and they and the other passengers were allowed to leave the plane after being detained less than an hour.”
Maryland, the District and Virginia have no reported swine-flu cases so far. That hasn’t stopped a lot of people from crashing local Emergency Rooms.