CHICAGO, IL – While most travelers aren’t changing or cancelling travel plans due to fear of contracting Ebola, 40 percent noted they are taking extra precautions while flying, according to a survey conducted by GO Airport Express.
Of the 802 respondents, 46 percent said were taking no extra precautions and 12 percent said they were unsure.
Of the 417 respondents who said they were taking precautions, 57 noted they were washing hands more frequently and 27 percent said were using hand sanitizer. Just three percent were cancelling travel plans altogether while less than one percent noted they planned on wearing protective gloves or facemasks. In total 802 travelers responded to the survey.
Comments included that more attention would be paid to surroundings and the health of fellow travelers, and some indicated they would stay home if they felt ill or had a fever.
“While the results indicate that people are wary of catching Ebola while traveling through airports and on planes, they are not significantly changing travel habits overall,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express. “The benefit of the extra sanitary precautions that are taken may result in fewer instances of colds and influenza spreading between passengers.”