Must be nice to have Air Force Two for trips amid flu outbreak

May 1, 2009

SPORT MOTOR RACING DAYTONAVice President Joe Biden, in the doghouse for saying he would advise his family against flying or taking the subway because of the new flu strain, will be taking a trip to Europe in a couple weeks — but then again he probably doesn’t have to worry too much since he has his own plane.

Biden drew widespread scorn from the travel industry and pretty much everyone else for saying on NBC’s “Today Show” that he would “tell members of my family — and I have — I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now,” he said, adding that the problem was that “when one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft.”

The White House had to clarify his comments, advising Americans that they really only needed to avoid unnecessary travel to and from Mexico and that they should stay home if they were not feeling well. 

On Friday, Biden’s office announced that he will be going to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo during the week of May 18th. Luckily he has his own 757 Air Force plane to take him wherever he wants to go.

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