May 27, 2009

Departure Day

As I arrived at my gate for my connecting to Tokyo, the first thing I noticed were all the people wearing masks. The first case of Swine Flu had been detected in Japan on Monday and so there were many people taking precautions. On arrival into Tokyo, Japanese Health Officials bordered the plane to see if anyone had any flu-like symptoms. The stewardess I was seated near said that earlier in the week the process with the Health Officials was taking 5-6 hours. Those individuals with flu-like symptoms were then quarantined to prevent further outbreak of the virus. Fortunately for me, by the end of the week, the process was much more efficient and it only took us about 20 minutes to get off the plane safe and sound.