‘Business as usual’ looking a little different at RDU amid COVID-19 concerns


MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — “Business as usual” looks a little different at Raleigh-Durham International Airport these days.

As travelers make their way through the TSA checkpoints, some are armed with masks, gloves, and disinfecting wipes.​​

“I’m going to put my mask on as soon as I get checked in and before I board the plane”, said Moses Bee.
However, some feel masks won’t lessen their chances of contracting coronavirus and they don’t plan on canceling any trips.​​

“It’s airborne, I think, so either way I’m going to catch it, so I think just washing your hands a lot, wearing gloves, taking precautionary measures, things like that”, said AJ Ferguson. ​​

“I’m a teacher. I’m around germs all the time anyway”, said Megan Burcaw​​, who just arrived from Dallas, Texas.
“I called Jet Blue yesterday and I called Air Maroc and they said my flight is confirmed so that means there is no hazard or anything wrong with us going over there”, said Bee.

Moses Bee is traveling to Liberia, a country the CDC says is not at high risk for COVID-19, but other countries are. Starting Friday at midnight, travel restrictions are in place for 26 European countries in an effort to contain the outbreak.​​
“Planes are one of the most unsanitary places, but if you are staying hydrated, washing your hands, eating healthy foods, I think you’ll be OK and it’ll pass just like the flu,” said Burcaw.
“I hope everybody else has a mask. We’re in very close proximity of each other and people coughing and sneezing,” said Bee.

Bee said he packed plenty of masks but he’s more concerned about what might change in the month that he stays overseas.​

“I hope they don’t put that restriction on before I come back because I will be stuck and I won’t be able to get back to my job in May,” Bee said.

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