Air passenger thought it’d be funny to say he had Ebola. Then this happened…

A US Airways passenger thought it would be funny to claim that he was just in Africa and had Ebola, on Wednesday.

So, this happened.


I have zero tolerance for people like that.

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21 Responses to “Air passenger thought it’d be funny to say he had Ebola. Then this happened…”

  1. BillFromDover says:

    Are you sure these guys ain’t the Ghost Busters?

  2. BillFromDover says:

    Just think of it as a dry run for the real thing as I’m sure there will be a debriefing as to how this could have been handled better.

    Then again, if someone boards a plane, tells ya that he was just in Africa and has Ebola, how much credence do ya give someone this incredibly stupid?

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  4. judybrowni says:

    Can you say “asshole?”

  5. Mark_in_MN says:

    I’m not particularly impressed by that response. They get on in these big blue containment suits, but he walks out without any protective gear, even a wrap of some sort put on him. Meanwhile, all the other passengers are sitting there. Wouldn’t it have been better to get all the passengers off the plane, except for the idiot, and then deal with him? And if he did have the disease, wouldn’t you want to do something about the seat he was sitting in, etc.? The response seems both not well thought out, too limited, and overblown, all at the same time.

  6. Mark_in_MN says:

    I vote for winging it. These kinds of suits are overkill for such a situation. Plus they serve to create panic more than deal with the actual situation.

  7. perljammer says:

    I think you had it right the first time. Irresponsible fear-mongering spreads mistrust and suscpicion. Inadequate training and containment discipline spreads disease.

  8. BeccaM says:

    I would’ve just said, “You f*cking moron.” But you’re right.

  9. BeccaM says:

    Careless and/or lack of adequate training and containment discipline is the worst enemy in this…

    No, strike that: Irresponsible fear-mongering on the part of politicians and the media. That’s the worst enemy. Followed by carelessness.

  10. BeccaM says:

    She’d been helping take care of the sick priest who was in the Spanish hospital. Word is she touched her own face while taking off the protective gear. Then, after becoming sick, spent days trying to get the hospital to give her an Ebola test…

  11. SkippyFlipjack says:

    According to other reports, it sounds like the guy had a cough thought it would be funny to explain it away to his seatmates by saying “I was just in West Africa!” Apparently they didn’t think it was that funny.

    You have to wonder if he’d have been taken as seriously if he were white.

  12. Naja pallida says:

    Which either shows this whole thing is fake and just for show to scare people, or these “agents” have zero protocols in place and are just winging it. The first rule in a lab for any personal protective equipment involves the buddy system. Someone else checks your gear to make sure you’re protected, and you check them. Even though they still have a mask underneath, and the suits usually have an inside protective flap along the zipper, something like that would still be completely unacceptable if they were serious professionals.

  13. evodevo says:

    This was for real? Why didn’t they just boot him from the flight?

  14. GarySFBCN says:

    It’s a bong, not a bomb:

  15. dommyluc says:

    The “prankster” must be related to shithead Republican rep Duncan Hunter, the guy who said 10 ISIS fighters snuck in over the border. The lying mofo STILL hasn’t shown any evidence to back up his stupid rumor. Hey, Chucky Todd, here’s a real story you can cover but, of course, it is not your job to point out Republican lies. I mean, after all, “both sides do it”. Right?

  16. FLL says:

    The only clearly audible comment from a passenger was on target: “Está loquito el hombre.” (The man’s a little crazy.)

    Actually, I think I can recognize the symptom this airline passenger is suffering from. You sometimes see the symptom on these comment pages, John, when you upload a very innocuous post about something like Democratic U.S. senators joining the NoH8 campaign:
    Didn’t Get Enough Attention When He Was Growing Up.

  17. milli2 says:

    Welcome to the no fly list genius.

  18. heimaey says:

    Maybe this is what got the nurse sick in Spain.

  19. heimaey says:

    This makes me think of Strangers with Candy with Jerri Blank said: “Cancer. That’s hilarious.”

  20. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Someone in the YouTube comments points out that one of the people doesn’t even have their hazmat suit zipped up all the way.

  21. SkippyFlipjack says:

    “I think the man who did this is an idiot.” The flight attendant, on the other hand, was awesome.

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