To Sneeze or Not to Sneeze

04 May 2009 4:50 PM | Deleted user

Swine Flu Check Causes Delays

By Kristen McQuillin

Arriving at Narita on a flight from the US on April 29th, our plane was boarded by pirates…oops, wrong current events' story. We were boarded by Japanese health officials dressed in paper gowns, rubber gloves, and the must-have N95 masks. Seemingly unprepared for their task, they spent much time running up and down the aisles and conferring with themselves while they handed out questionnaires in awkwardly translated English asking for contact details, travel plans and a few health related questions (i.e. “Have you taken anti-phlogistics or anti-febriles in the last ten days?”). One functionary walked through the plane, using a hand-held thermographic scanner to check for hot-headed or feverish passengers. After nearly an hour of their ministrations, including taking a few temperatures of the warmer travelers, they collected the questionnaires and allowed us to leave the plane.
For flights from less-infected locales, there was a thermographic scanner on the way through quarantine and a sign alerting anyone arriving from Mexico to please stop for further instructions.
I recommend that if you are returning from North America in the near future, be sure to use the toilet before landing.


  • 10 May 2009 10:19 PM | Deleted user
    Just returned from Oz on May 9th and had no such nonsense re-entering Nippon. Just a yellow piece of paper given at Quarantine which we handed to Immigration so I suppose risks are not as high when travelling from down under...
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