Senate Democratic leaders, when asked if they would get on commercial flights, told reporters Thursday, without hestitation, that they have no fear of flying as a result of a global swine flu outbreak. In fact, most were ready to leave right away.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said, "I'm getting on the shuttle tonight" back to his home state. Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, said she has confidence that "the airlines are taking all the necessary precautions," and that she's ready to head west. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, known to be a homebody, said longingly, "I wish I could go home this weekend."
But by far the best advice, coupled with confidence in flying, came from the Senate's number 2 Dem, Dick Durbin, who said, like he told his kids, "Coughers and sneezers should cover their beezers."
Vice President Joe Biden told the Today Show that he had recommended to his family members that they not take commercial flights or any transportation that uses "confined (public) spaces," like the subway. The White House has since clarified that statement, as it is often wont to do with the rather verbose VP, to say that no sick people should use public transportation.