Following Vice President Biden’s suggestion this morning that Americans avoid subways or commercial flights because of the flu, Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, today released the following statement:
"Americans should heed the advice of medical experts when determining how best to manage health concerns during the ongoing swine flu outbreak," Dow said. "According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and countless other experts, swine flu should not discourage people from traveling to or within the United States.
"Elected officials must strike a delicate balance of accurately and adequately informing citizens of health concerns without unduly discouraging travel and other important economic activity. According to President Obama, swine flu is a cause for concern, but not panic. President Obama’s measured and responsible comments are appropriate and should provide useful guidance to other elected officials."
UPDATE: "To suggest that people not fly at this stage of things is a broad brush stroke bordering on fear mongering. The facts of the situation at this stage anyway certainly don’t support that," American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith told The Associated Press.