Biden's Crack About Airplane Germs
The Air Transport Association, an industry trade group that represents U.S. Airlines, is livid at Vice President Biden's suggestion Thursday that germs are easily spread inside the cabin of an airliner.
“You’re in a confined aircraft,” Biden said on NBC’s “Today” show. “When one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft.”
No way, says David A. Castelveter, a spokesman for the association.
“Circulation is side to side,” he said. “If you sneeze, the person beside you is more likely to incur the effect of your sneeze than anyone else in the airplane.”
“If you sneeze in row 11 it doesn’t mean that bacteria travels to row 23,” he said. “It’s confined to the row you’re sitting in.”
Association CEO James C. May sent a protest letter to Biden expressing his "extreme disappointment" at Biden's suggestion that air travel was unsafe.
"The fact is that the air onboard a commercial aircraft is cleaner than that in most public buildings," May wrote.
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