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VP Biden Causes Travel Panic; White House Apologizes

April 30, 2009

Earlier today, Joe Biden on NBC’s Today Show, caused a bit of a stir when he advised travelling via planes and trains due to close proximity to another passengers.  This was in response to the H1N1 (Swine Flu) outbreak throughout the nation:

I would tell members of my family, and I have, I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places right now…. It’s not … going to Mexico, it’s that you are in a confined aircraft when one person sneezes, it goes everywhere through the aircraft. That’s me.”   — VP Joe Biden 4/30/2009

This caused travel industry executives to respond stating Biden’s words echo “fearmongering”:

To suggest that people not fly at this stage of things is a broad brush stroke bordering on fearmongering,” American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith said. “The facts of the situation at this stage anyway certainly don’t support that.”

The White House apologized.

Full article: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/30/airline-subway-officials-say-travel-remains-safe-despite-bidens-statement/

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