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Loopholes in 'Do Not Board' list let infected travelers fly

December 16, 2010
by Allison Young
USA Today

A federal "Do Not Board" list failed at least three times this year to stop travelers with serious, infectious diseases from taking commercial flights, according to information obtained by congressional investigators.

Although the "Do Not Board" list is separate from the terrorism "No Fly" list, its purpose is similar: to keep those who might pose a threat to travelers from flying. Its success, however, appears to be limited.

From January 2009 until August, nine infectious people on the list tried to board flights, according to information the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided to Republican staff on the House Energy and Commerce committee. The list proved successful in stopping six of them - including a traveler who was denied boarding three times last December in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. The list failed to stop three others.

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