Halloween Comes Early at Hartsfield-Jackson

You know the saying – the best people watching is at the airport. Today was a bonus level.

Two days after a man in Texas was diagnosed with Ebola, a Missouri doctor Thursday morning showed up at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport dressed in protective gear to protest what he called mismanagement of the crisis by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Gil Mobley checked in and cleared airport security wearing a mask, goggles, gloves, boots and a hooded white jumpsuit emblazoned on the back with the words, “CDC is lying!”

“If they’re not lying, they are grossly incompetent,” said Mobley, a microbiologist and emergency trauma physician from Springfield, Mo.

Mobley said the CDC is “sugar-coating” the risk of the virus spreading in the United States.

Yes, the #EbolaInTX diagnosis is scary. Yes, the local hospital dropped the ball. Yes, the media is freaking out. That is no reason for you to do the same.

The good doctor is entitled to his opinion of the CDC, even if many think he made a fool of himself expressing them. Like most government entities, the CDC operates on the facts available to them at that time. Whether this information is the right facts, wrong facts, too many or not enough, they base their decisions on the facts at hand.

Beside the Ebola angle, many ladies like myself wonder how he can clear airport security in a full-body germ suit, and I can’t get my underwired garment through without an intimate encounter with a ham-handed stranger.

Aside: Is it just me, or has the last year unfolded like Tom Clancy’s Executive Orders?

23 comments

  1. Charlie says:

    I’m (not) enjoying all the armchair intelligencia on Facebook demanding to know why we haven’t stopped all US flights to/from Africa. Because, you know, none of the people who may be infected may be connecting thru hubs in Europe or anything…

    Paranoia. It’s going to kill more of us than Ebola.

      • Charlie says:

        Please do. Because unless you’re suggesting we shut down all international air traffic and seal all of our borders, then your paranoia is blocking your need for a more effective strategy.

        • Harry says:

          Yeah, most of the connections are in Europe. I feel much safer already.
          I’m just saying, better to err on the side of caution.

          • Will Durant says:

            Yeah, we should probably quarantine all of those within the population that are continuously exhibiting symptoms of willful ignorance.

            • Harry says:

              That’s very constructive. What we should be doing is putting a quarantine on travelers arriving from West Africa, whether nonstop or through connecting hubs.

                  • Will Durant says:

                    They could save even more by killing off The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), formerly known as the US Army School of the Americas.

                    • Harry says:

                      That would save less, not even more. Obama is taking care of over 100,000 illegal children, and will give them amnesty. That will cost “even more”.

                    • Will Durant says:

                      Take the long view for once Harry. I’m talking about the unintended consequences of tactical training for future tyrants/cartels and the soldiers/policemen that work for them. Also the unintended consequences of the laws in trafficking & “Homeland Security” that resulted in the Border Patrol being allowed to deport Mexican children back immediately but mandated to feed, clothe, & otherwise support the children from other countries.

                • Michael Silver says:

                  That’s going to be whole lot cheaper than having Ebola hit America with the resulting medical costs and costs to the economy.

  2. objective says:

    quarantines could buy a little time, perhaps, but probably wouldn’t hold strong for too long. and probably not for enough time to develop any tested treatment. so, whether ebola or the flu, the best defense is a strong immune system- and maybe lucky genetics.

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