Here’s an interesting article from Aviation Now about airports and their planning efforts for the feared-imminent avian flu pandemic. Richard Marchi of Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) presents the counterpoint:

"The real concern I have is that airports are public agencies, so they’re subjected to that generalized pressure that they’re doing something," said Richard Marchi, senior VP-technical and environmental affairs for Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). "Frankly I am disturbed how this issue is taking off in the public eye," he said.

Pressure builds on airports to develop a program and to answer questions such as, "Will you be quarantining people and refusing flights?" But airports "have a fairly limited role in communicable diseases" and are generally restricted to assisting first responders, Marchi explained.

Interesting. Worth a look.