The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement regarding the recent Ebola health concern as it relates to air transportation.
“The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) has full confidence in the air travel procedures currently in place related to the Ebola outbreak. Airports in countries affected by the Ebola virus are screening airline passengers, and various U.S. government agencies are working to monitor individuals arriving in the United States from affected international airports. If a passenger who appears ill arrives at an airport gate or attempts to board a flight, U.S. airlines have the ability under U.S. law to deny that individual permission to board.
“Flight crews have guidance available and access to medical services to address a medical emergency while a flight is airborne. Should a medical emergency occur during a flight, the pilot in command, using available information and guidance, will determine the appropriate course of action with the single goal of ensuring the safety of the passengers and crew on board.”