Should Airports Scan For Diseases Too?
It can be one of the most annoying things in the world: sitting in an overcrowded airport, listening to one or two people hack and sniffle. You can practically feel the germs crawling on you.
The last thing you need before getting on an airplane is added anxiety, and these sick folks really don’t help. When this happens to me, a scene from the recent Hollywood blockbuster, Contagion, comes to mind, when the actors hope sick people aren’t sitting near them on the flight. Why don’t airports screen for diseases?
After all, it makes sense for airports to screen people for disease. Planes can be the gateway for disease pandemics to make their way across the globe quickly.
Would screening for diseases at an airport make a difference? A recent study out of Toronto says the idea isn’t as effective as one might think. Researchers show screening passengers both before departure and upon arrival can cause problems. Read More