Travel advisory changes plans and has travel agents working overtime

By: Katie Beasley Email
By: Katie Beasley Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, April 30, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga.---If you were planning to travel to Mexico in the next few weeks, chances are the swine flu has you changing your travel plans. The Centers for Disease Control is recommending that Americans avoid nonessential travel to the country and that has travel agencies working overtime.

Most cruise lines have gone ahead and canceled all port calls to Mexico, re-routing their ships and taking every precaution to keep passengers flu-free.

It isn't hard to find someone affected by the latest Swine Flu travel advisory. Just take a look at our News 12 newsroom.

"Going in 3, 2, 1," says News 12 director Allyson Daitch.

Allyson is counting down the seconds until a News 12 newscast begins. She was also counting down the days until her Caribbean cruise with her boyfriend. But now because of the swine flu, her cruise line has changed directions on her.

"We were supposed to go to Key West, Cozumel and Belize and they changed it to lengthen our stay in Key West and added an additional day at sea," says Allyson.

Although Allyson's disappointed she wont see Mexico, she's also thankful the cruise line cares. "I'm glad to know that they are taking the precautions and canceling itineraries or short excursions to Mexico and that they are showing concern," says Allyson.

Over at Morris Travel, agents like Margaret Centers are working around the clock, trying to get their clients up to speed. "All week long I've been talking to my clients about what they're going to do and what's gonna happen and keeping them posted and updated," says Margaret.

It's not only cruises, Margaret says scheduled trips to one of their most popular destinations are also being re-arranged. "The tour operators and the airlines are working with their passengers and they're clients to re-accommodate them," says Margaret.

All they have to do now, is wait. "We're gonna hope for the best and plan for the worst," says Margaret.

"Standby camera one," says Allyson. Now she's just keeping her fingers crossed by the time her ship sets sail in June the swine flu is long gone.

The CDC says if you must travel somewhere where the swine flu's been reported you should stay informed by checking updates wherever you can.

They say also prepare for your trip before hand, by taking prescription antiviral medications that help the body fight against swine flu.

If you've booked a ticket or a trip, chances are you won't get reimbursed but you may be able to re-schedule your trip or cruise for a later date if you check with the company.


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