British carriers Virgin Atlantic and British Airways reported stepped-up efforts to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu. British Airways says it has turned away a "very small number" of sick passengers who checked in for flights. "We have a medical team within the airline as well as a contingency planning group, which has met for the past few years to look at the issue of a flu pandemic," a spokeswoman says. "We have a wide range of contingency plans in place which we can use depending on how the situation may evolve."

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