U.S. major flights offer option to staff for flying to Zika affected regions

Published on : Thursday, February 4, 2016

Delta_Air_Lines_roll_out_painthallWith the Zika virus becoming a prime concern for many staff members of U.S. flights, United (UAL) and Delta (DAL) two of the major airlines are allowing their staff to opt for flying to Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

Pregnant flight attendants are being given an option of flying to those countries that are most affected by the mosquito borne virus, linked with babies being born with small heads.

 

 

Both airlines have expressed that the safety of their employees is their primary concern and swapping places for more than two weeks is an alternative offered by Delta.

 

 

With the WHO spreading an alert over the intensity and spread of the virus which could affect 4 million people in the next year, pregnant women are being advised by the CDC to consider postponing their travel plans to any of the affected areas.

 

Some airlines have already offered refunds to those travelling to the Zika affected regions. Many foreign pregnant workers are being relocated from the affected regions. There is chance of the virus spreading slowly to the U.S. as well.

 

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2 Responses to U.S. major flights offer option to staff for flying to Zika affected regions

  1. David S says:

    Nice publicity for the non competative corporatocracy. Unless one is living around the filthy river areas on the Linha Vermelha how many are really getting Zika? Or the same type swampy rivers on the marginal Tiate? Not many foreigners are staying in those places

  2. Interesting how the worlds’ attention is directed away from real issues and toward a story involving a virus that has been around for decades and other than the alleged – not scientifically proven yet – threat to unborn fetuses poses little or no risk to most people.
    Diversion from real news or an opportunity for big pharma to make a killing by patenting and marketing a Zika vaccine?
    Probably a bit of both!

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