Air Transport Association CEO Responds to Vice President Biden’s Suggestion to Avoid Air Travel

April 30, 2009

Remarks Made This Morning on the NBC Today Show

WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today wrote to Vice President Biden regarding his remarks made this morning on the NBC “Today” show.

“Vice President Biden’s comment that people should avoid air travel in response to the H1N1 flu outbreak was extremely disappointing,” said ATA President and CEO James C. May. “The airlines have been working daily with government agencies, none of whom suggest people avoid air travel, unless they are not feeling well. The fact is that the air onboard a commercial aircraft is cleaner than that in most public buildings.”

ATA Letter to Vice President Biden (http://www.airlines.org/government/letters/2009/A+Letter+to+Vice+President+Biden+on+the+H1N1+Flu+Outbreak.htm)

ATA airline members and their affiliates (http://www.airlines.org/products/membership) transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. For additional industry information, visit www.airlines.org.

SOURCE Air Transport Association

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