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PETER CAVE: The frontline of defence in stopping swine flu from entering Australia is at present
the airline industry.

Overnight the Federal Government boosted border surveillance requiring all planes before they land
in Australia to report any sick passengers on board.

At least six people with flu-like symptoms were escorted off a plane in Brisbane airport, with one
person detained and tested for swine flu.

Quarantine officers are checking many flights arriving from the Americas in all capital cities.

Jennifer Macey reports.

JENNIFER MACEY: Overnight, biosecurity measures at all Australian airports were ramped up.

The captains of all flights from the Americas are required to make an announcement asking any sick
passengers on board to report to airline staff before the plane is allowed to land.

Passengers arriving at Sydney airport this morning say they had to wait while quarantine officers
boarded their planes to check on anyone with flu-like symptoms.

VOX POP: They made numerous announcements, and then when we landed the quarantine people came on
board to check to see if anyone had any coughs or sniffles.

JENNIFER MACEY: Was there anyone sick on your plane?

VOX POP: There was apparently a lady who had a sniffle and they came to check her out and I don't
know what they did with her but she wandered off so I think, I don't know.

JENNIFER MACEY: And where have you flown from?

VOX POP 2: From Chile.

JENNIFER MACEY: What sort of precautions were taken when you flew?

VOX POP 2: They just told us on the plane that if you had flu-like symptoms or anything like that,
to let them know and they would deal with you on the ground otherwise there was nothing really.

JENNIFER MACEY: Were there any quarantine officers that boarded your flight?

VOX POP 2: No there weren't. It was just the air hostesses telling us information.

VOX POP 3: Well, there were really none coming from Los Angeles but once we landed here in Sydney,
no-one could get up until someone from the Health Department or whatever came through and walked
through the plane.

Whether they were just checking to see if anybody looked ill or there were specific people they
wanted to see because I believe there were a couple of people from Mexico on the flight and they
might have just been looking to see how they looked but other than that, they didn't ask everybody
how they felt or anything like that.

JENNIFER MACEY: But some passengers flying from Los Angeles didn't notice any special precautions
taken when they arrived this morning.

VOX POP 4: No, we didn't get anything until we got here in Sydney and they had us stay on the plane
a little longer for quarantine.

We just sat there for like three extra minutes and they said, 'OK you can get off the plane now.'

Nothing exciting.

JENNIFER MACEY: Did quarantine come on the plane and check anyone out?

VOX POP 4: Nuh uh. I just saw, the only thing I saw was the dog walking around the baggage claim.

JENNIFER MACEY: Travellers flying from Hong Kong say they had to pass through thermal imaging
scanners used during the SARS epidemic to pick up any changes in temperature.

VOX POP 5: You walk past - they've obviously got a monitor pointing at you - you walk past and it
reads your body temperature on a screen.

They also did a random checks of people, taking individual temperature checks and they did ask us
if we had been into some of the affected areas if we could go and notify a doctor or ground staff
in Hong Kong airport but Sydney and London seem to be pretty relaxed about it.

JENNIFER MACEY: Similar procedures are in place in Europe after three people tested positive for
swine flu in Scotland and Spain, raising fears that the virus has already crossed the Atlantic.

A Sydney couple who had been holidaying in Cuba were quarantined for half an hour in Santiago in
Chile before being allowed to board their flight to Australia.

VOX POP 5: In Chile, when we came off the plane, there is a camera at the end, catches everybody
coming in. You have to stand on a cross on the floor and then we got put into quarantine for half
an hour, just while they went through the paperwork.

JENNIFER MACEY: And they said that that was because of the swine flu?

VOX POP 5: It was all to do with the swine flu, yes. There was no problems with it unless you want
to go to the toilet. There was no toilet facilities but that didn't bother us at the time.

JENNIFER MACEY: Airport workers are now worried that they might be exposed to swine flu from
infected travellers.

The unions are meeting with Qantas and other airlines this morning after raising concerns that
proper procedures weren't put in place to protect staff.

The Transport Workers Union federal secretary Tony Sheldon says the biosecurity protections only go
so far.

TONY SHELDON: Well the workforce is concerned that they could be exposed unwittingly by Qantas and
other airlines as there hasn't been proper training to identify potential people at risk. They
haven't been informed about potential symptoms that they could suffer from or a system by which,
where people are being tested at the moment. Staff that may have come in contact with those people,
they've been also informed of potential exposure.

JENNIFER MACEY: The Federal Government says anyone returning from the US or Mexico who develops
flu-like symptoms should consult their doctor immediately.

But as yet, there are no official warnings for people to defer travel to Mexico or the United
States - although the European Union is already advising people to avoid non-essential travel to
the Americas.

Yet some travellers are already changing their plans.

LISA GLANVILLE: My name is Lisa Glanville. I am from the Central Coast of New South Wales. Yeah, we
had planned a trip to Tijuana but we cancelled because of the swine flu and yeah, it's quite
frightening actually, so...

JENNIFER MACEY: When did you find out about swine flu and when did you cancel?

LISA GLANVILLE: It is declared a major emergency I think over in the States at the moment so yeah,
we were going to go on Friday. We booked on Tuesday and we cancelled on Wednesday as soon as we
found out, so.

You don't want to sort of bring that back into Australia either so.

JENNIFER MACEY: So what did you do instead of going to Mexico?

LISA GLANVILLE: We just went to Disneyland instead.

YOUNG CHILD: It was really fun.

LISA GLANVILLE: We were looking forward to it but then it is better to be safe than sorry, so.

JENNIFER MACEY: The flu scare is expected to further hurt the international tourism industry which
is already struggling under the global economic crisis.

And Mexico which relies heavily on foreign tourism is likely to be hit particularly hard.

PETER CAVE: Jennifer Macey with that report.