New FBT Poll: Ebola Outbreak has Little Effect on Travel Plans, Misconceptions Abound

By Jesse Sokolow on 17 November 2014
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DSC_4328A poll of frequent travelers released Monday found that almost 20% believed that Ebola spreads easily, while 40% were either unsure or unsatisfied with the measures that officials are taking to stem the spread of the disease. The poll was conducted at the beginning of November by Frequent Business Traveler in partnership with FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community.

Out of the over 1,400 people surveyed, 66% said that they believed Ebola was a threat of some kind, whereas one third believed it was no threat at all. Seven percent said they had changed their travel plans due to the outbreak, while 13% indicated that they were taking extra precautions when traveling.

Approximately 80% stated that they believed travelers from the affected West African nations, Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, should be screened upon arrival to the United States.

Additionally, 32% said that their employer had taken steps in reaction to Ebola concerns, including communicating with employees about it (79%), “identified and tracked employees in affected West African nations,” (30%), and put international travel restrictions into place and activated some kind of emergency preparedness plan relating to the outbreak (25%).

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