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Doctors say fliers shouldn't worry about catching Ebola on planes

There are renewed concerns about flying after news of Amber Vinson's travels on a commercial jetliner earlier this week. Vinson is the Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola after she treated Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan.

At Louis Armstrong International Wednesday, talk among travelers centered around Ebola. “I mean I think about it, it's obviously a concern in travel,” said Kurt Matthews.

Blaine Nagao says, “I was on a flight out here and the pilot actually refused the plane because someone got sick on it.”

Flight attendant Holly Copeland says she's trained to always wear gloves when handling trash or cleaning a bathroom on a plane but lately, she and her crew have been put on high alert by the airline they work for. “Definitely now we're told more and more of the symptoms of Ebola and what to do with a passenger on board and I think the airlines are taking as much precaution as anybody else to make sure people stay safe,” Copeland explained.

Brobson Lutz, M.D. says travelers shouldn't panic about getting Ebola from flying because in order to catch the disease, you need to have close personal contact with someone infected...and their bodily fluids. “As long as you're not an in flight nurse on the plane, I don't think you have anything to fear,” said Lutz.

Earlier this week, before being diagnosed with Ebola, Vinson flew on a commercial jetliner to Cleveland. Lutz calls that an irresponsible decision that just adds to the public's fear. “No doubt there's concern and there may be some more hysteria about this going on that is unfounded,” said Lutz.

Despite Vinson's travels, almost all of the people we met say they don't think they're at a higher risk of catching the disease, from flying. Passenger Min Suh says, “It's not supposed to be as contagious as everyone tells me so I'm not too concerned.”

“Our risk is tiny and absolutely minuscule and we have every opportunity to deal with it, we have the technologies to deal with it, we have the care to deal with it,” commented Joanna Woodall.

Lutz says the chances are higher, especially this time of year, for travelers to catch the flu from another passenger than Ebola.

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