Covidien Cuts Air Travel for Medical Workers

Covidien, the company that makes diagnostic imaging equipment, has announced a new policy that requires all commercial air travel to be pre-certified for an Ebola diagnosis using the latest available equipment. “Air travelers arriving…

Covidien Cuts Air Travel for Medical Workers

Covidien, the company that makes diagnostic imaging equipment, has announced a new policy that requires all commercial air travel to be pre-certified for an Ebola diagnosis using the latest available equipment.

“Air travelers arriving in the U.S. on commercial air flights are required to be pre-certified with accurate information about Ebola (EVD) in order to enter the U.S.,” the policy states. It does not state how travelers’ diagnoses would be confirmed by the CDC.

The company’s policy now limits U.S. air travel for air travelers born after Oct. 1, 1988. Current policies, however, “exclude anyone born after that date with any of the following conditions: (a) entering the U.S. using a travel document issued by a country experiencing an EVD outbreak that was issued from, issued to, or obtained from the WHO’s latest travel guidance or any other CDC travel advisory.” The purpose of the ban was not specified.

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