How sick Canadian travellers are masking COVID-19 symptoms to get through airport screening
March 25, 2020. The CBC reports:
Canadians desperate to return home from abroad in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic are easily circumventing air travel screening aimed at preventing sick and infected passengers from boarding planes, CBC News has found.
Some are simply hiding symptoms from officials to ensure they can get back home.
CBC News has found a number of instances where sick travellers have boarded airplanes back to Canada, no matter the risks of spreading infection.
"Now is just the worst time to be coughing, sneezing or reporting any kind of symptom at an airport," said one university student in Toronto, who flew home from Spain on March 14. She admitted she purposely hid her symptoms and the fact she'd been suffering a fever hours before boarding the flight.
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