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Out to get into this roundtable discussion James -- the president of the Air Transport Association.
Fox News medical contributor doctor Marc Siegel -- here and Sam Haskell the -- order William Morris Agency head of worldwide television is also.
The author of promises I need to my mother great to see all three -- priorities so much for being here I elect I have.
Jane I have to start with you.
I was just unbelievable -- Floored by the vice president's comments yesterday now -- beat the comic the people who perhaps are saying enclosed storage without television camera in front -- -- But you put out a very stern statement yesterday what did you say and why we -- so upset about this.
-- we said we were extremely disappointed.
And the reason we said it is that he couldn't be more off base -- the science.
As a practical matter we use have a filters for aircraft -- hospital quality.
Inside day -- is -- in an airplane is.
Equal to or better than most office buildings I'm sitting in one in Washington DC right now for fox.
It simply is perfectly safe to fly CDC says that Department of Transportation says it.
Everyone else he was just off base.
You know -- want it to that though let's let's stick to even -- reality which is that this flu virus is not everywhere we've seen only up.
Hundred cases this is an extremely irresponsible statement.
Not only because it scares people but it's totally wrong not only our air our airlines safe.
But the virus is not permeated everywhere it's a very -- virus so far we have to watch it carefully because it's new but the fear factor is huge here.
Because it's an unseen micro because it comes from pig.
Because it comes from a foreign country fear as you know will permeate our economy bring all kinds of damage and destruction.
The science is not only that the cabin of -- played it safe but that this virus is nowhere to be found.
And when even when the president sends the message to watch you wash your hands.
I want it to that wash your hands because all germs are on your hands not.
-- this -- he's sending the message wash your hands.
To wash away Swine Flu how did it get there it's only -- a hundred people let's keep the statistics and statistics are non emotional.
Okay but here's the thing got the -- of the problem is.
We feed defeat EC or an apology on out go out there right and we feel all of this rhetoric about it going out with -- -- five.
On the scale of six we hear about hundreds of schools being close.
And now the question as to why it is that some people have been.
The disease in Spain -- got the flu I should say the virus in Spain when they were not travelling in Mexico even -- pandemic or is -- not hand them.
We -- that designation for pandemic alert was made after the bird flu scare and I'm a little bit concerned about this rhetoric and that our public health officials know they're doing an extremely good job tracking this virus.
-- I have learned -- language yet about how to describe it.
Because the last pandemic which was the mile distant history in 1968.
People worldwide because of the explanation right and it's about the same as -- yearly flu how we gonna feel if this ends up being called a pandemic and only kills a thousand people it's gonna seem like a -- overreaction.
Public health officials would rather overreact.
Been under react.
But the public needs the accurate accurate message in perspective right now it's a very small outbreak.
Pizza fans would appear to think I mean did you have corporations.
Making some very big decisions including the likes of News Corp.
The owner of this right now work here has decided not to release Wolverine in Mexico.
As there when we're -- it and other countries including United States today.
What what why are they doing that what is that that was a project.
I think there are two things that it says I think they're saying well maybe we don't want to release a movie that we know it's gonna draw a lot of people into a crowded place and who are may be they're worried that.
Their dollars might fall because you know Mexico's like 6% of the total international distribution fees that come in.
And maybe they don't want the numbers to look bad in the foreign markets so.
You have to look at it both ways my personal feeling is and I agree or something -- entered the space it's about panic worse we're told every day don't panic about stock market.
Don't panic about.
This or that and if you panic about this Swine Flu that things are gonna get blown out reporting period -- -- A funny -- -- you guys -- -- I sat down to be perfectly blunt about it I sat down and I said doctor Siegel I'm getting on -- plane today.
Do I need to put a mask on because as I've mentioned at the top here I'm really concerned about the children as a mother of three young children.
Schools are a germ factory and hundreds of schools across this country are shutting down.
Well here's what we that you have to know my -- the only changes from person to person.
And right now it's being confined into the initial clusters which means it is not sprint -- out to all schools.
And what you're seeing in the schools is panic.
You know we wanna think Francis academy to close -- that's where it was found that that took two days we had to yell about that on the air but all schools.
-- responding to the panic the virus is not everywhere it's only a little clusters so what you have to do to contain it.
Is -- -- -- people who are sick and their close contacts not the entire community.
-- to James let me go back to you because.
I would imagine I mean I'm not canceling my trip -- play any other people are gonna go ahead and thanks -- -- but I'm sure.
I'm I'm sure even affecting the leisure industry and people who now are afraid to go -- confined space is.
Have you seen -- -- -- already or this this -- just gonna make any more.
First of all let's get rid of the confined spaces argument.
Yeah it's the ventilation and and the ventilation in that airplane -- be flying on this afternoon thank you again.
Is have a lot better than in most schools Democrat -- So it's and it's not just.
The idea being in an airplane yes we have seen some falloff in traffic to Mexico.
It's about 1% of our business but.
When you get statements in this area that that are out there that people are suggesting -- my gosh you just can't -- you can't go to Mexico.
Secretary of transportation said yesterday.
You can perfectly safely fly to Mexico.
As well as I.
Think your thing that you had and as secretary of transportation lahood the speech yesterday in a conference.
You've also heard the president I think it was yesterday morning Howard being -- the -- before when he sat there that press conference -- senator Arlen Specter that the first time you said.
-- each one N one virus and I found my.
-- you know -- Sam you are in the business of marketing and and you know this better than anybody.
They can -- clearly at the app coming I was talking to him reciting the senator Richard Shelby an and he said -- -- -- -- lamb chops and pork chops and things.
They're so worried about the implications.
Four at the farmers in Iowa and elsewhere.
The ripple effect Ken -- -- down the line in such a negative way.
If this is not broad and and and as the doctor just said.
Don't panic you've got to keep it close to home when you've got to realize that every little thing and what the vice president did yesterday created waves and the ripple effect and it's got people like.
We're very elections -- Alexis and that's why we have to understand that are that are -- senators of our brain of very powerful but it's not rational and by the way -- the other industry that's getting killed I was the pork industry.
Despite the fact that you can't get this from eating pork.
And -- in Mexico had -- but not in the United States so you know Egypt this killing all of its pigs I mean this is really fear.
I can't give -- -- where I'm still eating bacon and ham.
-- You're still leading bacon and -- you're still flying we thank you for that and we want all Americans to know they can travel anywhere they want to go.
With perfect safety all right gentlemen great having all three view that as saying your lamb and got -- -- thanks so much guys.
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