Biden advises family to stay off Airplanes and Subways (Updated)

Moments ago on NBC’s Today Show, Vice President Joe Biden was asked what he’d advise his family about flying to Mexico during the current swine-flu outbreak. Biden told Matt Lauer that it had nothing to do with Mexico, he wouldn’t want them getting on any airplane.

It’s a confined space, he explained, and if one person sneezes "it goes all the way through the aircraft."  In fact, he added, he wouldn’t want them on subways for the very same reason:


"I would tell members of my family, and I have, I wouldn't go anywhere in confined spaces places now. ………I would not be at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway."

Of course, Uncle Joe wasn’t speaking officially, and was quick to add, “That’s me.”

It’ll be interesting to watch the White House’s Joe Biden cleanup crew walk this one back. 

Particularly once the inevitable questions about halting incoming planes from Mexico City begin to fly.


Moments ago on NBC’s Today Show, Vice President Joe Biden was asked what he’d advise his family about flying to Mexico during the current swine-flu outbreak. Biden told Matt Lauer that it had nothing to do with Mexico, he wouldn’t want them getting on any airplane.

It’s a confined space, he explained, and if one person sneezes "it goes all the way through the aircraft."  In fact, he added, he wouldn’t want them on subways for the very same reason:


"I would tell members of my family, and I have, I wouldn't go anywhere in confined spaces places now. ………I would not be at this point, if they had another way of transportation, suggesting they ride the subway."

Of course, Uncle Joe wasn’t speaking officially, and was quick to add, “That’s me.”

It’ll be interesting to watch the White House’s Joe Biden cleanup crew walk this one back. 

Particularly once the inevitable questions about halting incoming planes from Mexico City begin to fly.