A pro-Obama flight attendant union demanded protection from the FAA from SARS but has been comparatively relaxed in its attitude to ebola.
In 2003, the Association of Flight Attendants asked the Federal Aviation Administration for an emergency order to require airlines to provide protective gloves and masks to all flight attendants–not just for those flight attendants flying to and from at-risk areas–according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The 50,000 strong flight attendant union also demanded that airlines be barred from disciplining any flight attendant who wanted to wear his own gloves and masks.
Now the union says there’s nothing to worry about.
“This isn’t the first time that we have seen a pandemic outbreak like this,” Corey Caldwell, a spokesman for the union. “Several years ago there was SARS. We had the H1N1 virus. So flight attendants are used to periods of heightened awareness for health reasons.”
Might it be, though, that the reason the union isn’t worrying is that their candidate Barack Obama is in the White House?
The union came out strong for Obama over Romney in 2012, according to Politico.com.
United Airlines didn’t clean the planes from Ebola says a United employee tipster.
There are serious legal implications as well. United has to update its risk information for investors.
Ebola is far more contagious and fatal than SARS.