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“Planes are germy anyway,” CNN Executive Producer Jennifer Bernstein said to me over the phone today. I was talking to her about how paranoid I got while flying this week because of swine flu.
I travel by plane a few times a week, mostly for work. I’m in the air enough to earn platinum miles status on Delta and a few other airlines. (This reminds me, I need to get rid of all those US Airways miles from my stint in Philadelphia. But I digress.)
I flew to New York last Sunday morning to attend an awards ceremony at my alma mater, Brooklyn College. I had just anchored three hours of swine flu coverage, and all I could think about was being in a confined space with a few hundred other people. At least one of them was bound to have been in Mexico recently.
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I hate flying – I feel like I'm a sardine crowded into a container meant for fewer sardines but stuffed with way more than practical. All that up close and personal contact forced by the number on each flight makes me nervous about what I could catch and about how much my fellow passengers are going to annoy me. But we can't wrap ourselves in cotton and still expect to live normally. Hopefully, you didn't pick up any unwanted germs on your flight – chances are you didn't. I'll be glad like you when this flu thing fades from the headlines but unlike you I won't be flying – I decided a long time ago that if I wanted to go somewhere I was taking the time to drive – no one else to crowd me and I can see America close up along the way.
Don, cruise ships can be too!