Ted Cruz: FAA needs to ensure Ebola victims are kept away from U.S.

Following reports that someone infected with Ebola has turned up in his home state of Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday asked the Federal Aviation Administration to “take every available precaution in preventing additional cases from arriving in the United States.”
The FAA so far has responded to concerns about Ebola by saying it is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is taking the lead on responding to the threat.

“Due to the Obama administration’s unclear approach to addressing the threat of the Ebola virus, Americans — particularly the Texans who have possibly been exposed — deserve specific answers to how the administration is addressing travel to and from the countries impacted by the disease,” Cruz said in a statement that accompanied the letter.

In his letter, the Republican senator requests answers to a litany of questions, including what kind of training air crews receive that would help them recognize someone infected with Ebola, the extent to which the FAA intends to act to limit or suspend flights, the notification rights of passengers who may have shared a plane with an Ebola sufferer, and any projections of how many additional people infected with Ebola could arrive in the United States via air.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) also chimed in Thursday evening, saying it’s “appropriate to review our policies for travel to and from the countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak.”



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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.