Last call for our poll: Would you fly with the flu to avoid change fees and penalties?


Please help the Consumer Travel Alliance get the pulse of passenger attitudes with regards to flying with H1N1 (Swine Flu) or any flu. Now that President Obama has declared H1N1 a “national emergency,” pressure is sure to mount on airlines to change some of their policies when it comes to changing airline tickets.

We will be sending the results of this poll to the airlines and to DOT. The more responses, the more credibility the survey has.

Take the Swine Flu survey here.

This survey also explores possible problems with doctor’s notes, asks why passengers fly when sick and leaves an option for more comments.

  • Laura Townsend Elion

    I recently flew with a severe sinus and ear infection (the original cause for these maladies was allergies, which caused the sinus infection, which led to the ear infection, so I was not contagious).

    My travel was necessary to accompany a cancer patient, but had it not been entirely unavoidable, I would not have flown. Flying while physically uncomfortable is the worst. My ear felt like it was shattering into a million bits and pieces as we descended. I can’t imagine being sick with the flu and subjecting myself to dry cabins, shared air, limited space and rationed beverages.

  • warped

    My mother once flew with the flu – she came down with it mid-flight. I think she would’ve paid anything for them to land the flight so she could get off the plane – but it was in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. No way would she or anyone in my family head off for the airport and board a plane knowing we were sick, the cost wouldn’t matter to us.

  • Frank

    It’s interesting that you think the only people who would fly sick is passengers. Most Flight Attendants use their “sick days” for when they cant get to work, have a family emergency at home or just need a day off from flying. I see it all the time, sick flight attendants. Some lie and say, it’s a sinus thing or allergies to avoid condemnation from co-workers. In reality, most are sick. Sneezing all over the place. Fixing drinks with hands that probably held a snot rag during the flight.
    Sick policies at airlines usually limit you to 2 or 3 sick calls per year. That’s it. Over that and you’re being watched and possibly disciplined, including termination.