The Daily Outrage: Man with tuberculosis placed on no-fly list still makes SF trip 

WHAT: Passengers on a US Airways flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco on Saturday were exposed to tuberculosis when a sick man on a no-fly list was allowed to take the six-hour trip. The unidentified passenger was placed on the “Do Not Board” list one day earlier because of his condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

WHAT’S SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN: The CDC collects state and county health department information on people with dangerous, contagious diseases. The goal is to prevent the spread of infection in the controlled air of an airplane. That information is relayed to the Transportation Security Administration, which notifies airlines.

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED: It was discovered that the sick man was aboard after takeoff. San Mateo County health officials met him in San Francisco, isolated him and took him to a hospital. US Airways did not notify the other passengers because the CDC told them there’s little to no risk of TB exposure on flights of less than eight hours.

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