The study was conducted to size up the threat in wake of the virus' expansion across Liberia and other parts of West Africa. The research team concluded that France has a 75% chance of seeing the epidemic carried into France. The figure takes into account the large number of West Africans who have ties to family in France and may take flight to Europe as panic spreads. Britain has a slightly lower chance of seeing the disease, 50%, but the likelihood is still great due to Heathrow Airport's prime role in international travel. If both countries close their airports to flights from the regions fighting the epidemic, the report claims the risk drops to 25% and 15%, respectively.
Europe's leaders may see a clear reason to suspend flights from West Africa once Ebola arrives. The government of the United States, on the other hand, has been clear that it is leaving everything in the hands of the airlines themselves, even now that an Ebola-carrying West African has created a scare by arriving in Texas.
One time in an airport, I was singled out for a random security check and the empty beer can I was trying to bring back with me as a souvenir was confiscated by security. Another time, a drug-sniffing beagle found an orange peel from my in-flight snack as I stood in line in front of customs. This led to my bags being opened just to prove that I didn't have real fruit. So beer cans, orange peels...none of these items can come into our countries, but someone flying in alone from a part of the world facing an Ebola epidemic can?
Priorities through ideology. And if you live by a flawed ideology, then you just may die from it, too.