As news about swine flu continues to develop, the Air Transport Association says, "This is a time for appropriate precautions but not panic." The ATA is working closely with the World Health Organization, the CDC, and other authorities to stay abreast of the situation and monitor any need for future adjustments to travel procedures. The outbreak of swine flu in Mexico as well as reports of a limited number of cases in the U.S. and other parts of the world prompted the Obama administration to announce a public-health emergency over the weekend. Travel restrictions to Mexico have not been implemented by the U.S. government, although the European Union urged Europeans on Monday to postpone nonessential travel to the United States or Mexico. ATA says that at this point it is too early to measure any impact or potential impact of travel to Mexico. Airlines are complying with longstanding protocols for identifying and reporting passengers who may have swine flu symptoms, and many carriers have said they would allow customers to change their flight plans to Mexico without penalty. Currently, no U.S. carriers have cancelled flights on their Mexico routes.
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