April 27, 2009
Sky Harbor Stands Ready to Assist Public Health Partners
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is focused on addressing the Swine Flu situation. Throughout the weekend, and continuing into today, the airport is in constant communication with county, state and federal health officials regarding Swine Flu precautions. We are also working with the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, the airlines and all of our other partners to immediately implement any requirements or changes to limit transmission of the virus through air travel.
U.S. Customs is responsible for screening and processing passengers as they arrive at Sky Harbor from other countries. According to Customs, if a passenger arrives at Phoenix Sky Harbor from an international flight and appears to have influenza symptoms the passenger will be isolated from other travelers, given a mask to wear and the CDC along with local health officials will be notified. Reporters with further questions on Customs protocol for handling a passenger who appears to be ill may contact Customs Public Affairs.
Public health officials have not requested any specific changes at Sky Harbor at this time. However, the airport is maintaining its existing thorough cleaning and sanitation practices 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are two Phoenix Fire stations on site at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, with 17 responders on duty. All Phoenix Fire Department responders are either EMTs or paramedics and have gone through pandemic flu briefings.
Sky Harbor has 18 daily nonstop flights between Phoenix and cities in Mexico provided by US Airways and Aeromexico. Travelers who wish to change their plans are encouraged to check with their airline on relaxed ticketing policies for certain cities.
Sky Harbor works closely year-round with county, state and federal health agencies as well as Homeland Security to prepare for any possibility, including issues of concern with public health. We will notify you immediately if travelers flying in and out of Phoenix need to prepare for any new procedures or protocols at Sky Harbor. The public can also take precautions and Sky Harbor encourages everyone to do so. Please visit www.cdc.gov/swineflu/ to see what you can do to help prevent the spread of this virus.
The Airport stands ready to further assist our public health partners in any way necessary. We will keep the media and the public posted regarding any changes at Sky Harbor.
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