British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will refuse to check in passengers with symptoms of swine flu unless they have doctors' notes saying they're healthy, reports the Times of London. Passengers with runny noses, headaches, or sore throats will be told not to board their flights. The new policy has outraged the British Medical Association, which calls the plans unworkable and "absolute nonsense."
"it is a total and utter waste of time," said the association's lead doctor. "A fit note is only going to be valid at the moment of issue. You could easily become ill before reaching the airport. We have much more important work to do than this."