Expert: Can’t Rule Out Ebola Worry Could Cause Drop In Airline Traffic

CBS DC

DALLAS (AP) — News that a nurse diagnosed with Ebola flew on a plane full of passengers raised fear among airline investors that the scare over the virus could cause travelers to avoid flying.

Shares of the biggest U.S. airlines tumbled between 5 and 8 percent before recovering in afternoon trading. The overall market slumped on concern about slowing global economic growth, but recouped some losses late in the day.

Health officials downplayed the possibility that any of the 132 passengers on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth could have been infected, because the nurse showed no Ebola symptoms during the flight. Nonetheless, public health officials were notifying other passengers.

Hoping to minimize the impact of Ebola, the airline industry is banking on assurances from health experts that the virus is spread only through contact with the bodily fluids of someone already showing symptoms, and the presumption…

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