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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio speaks about Ebola protocols at MIA

Rubio: We should prohibit people traveling to U.S. from Ebola-affected regions until outbreak is under control

Published On: Oct 16 2014 01:10:59 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 16 2014 10:15:44 PM EDT

MIA updates protocols following Ebola outbreak, although not participating in additional screenings

THE VIRUS IN THE U.S., THOMAS DUNCAN. Janine Stanwood: AND CURRENTLY SOUTH FLORIDA'S AIRPORTS ARE NOT ON THE LIST OF THOSE GIVING ADDITIONAL SCREENING FOR POSSIBLE PATIENTS, BUT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL IS UPDATING ITS PAROLE COL. WHILE THE FLORIDA SENATOR CALLS EYE BAN TO TRAVEL TO EBOLA-PRONE AREAS, LOCAL10 NEWS REPORTER GLENNA MILBERG JOINS YOU LIVE FROM M.I.A. WITH MORE. Reporter: JANINE, WHAT SENATOR MARCO RUBIO SAID TO US TODAY ABOUT ABSOLUTELY CONCERN YOU. IT MAY NOT SURPRISE PEOPLE. WHAT HE SAID WAS THERE ARE STILL TOO MANY QUESTIONS WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION TO HAVE BEST PRACTICES IN PLACE NATIONALLY, THAT THE PROTOCOLS IN PLACE RIGHT NOW ARE INADEQUATE TO PROTECT AGAINST EBOLA. THAT SAID, HERE AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AND ALSO IN FORT LAUDERDALE, AT THAT AIRPORT THEY ARE TAKING STEPS TO REMEDY THAT. THE SENATOR VISITING MIAMI'S AIRPORT VOICES WHAT IS OBVIOUS TO AN EBOLA-FEARING NATION. IT IS CLEAR THAT WE HAVE NOT ESTABLISHED YET ADEQUATE PROTOCOLS TO ADDRESS. Reporter: THE FEDERAL FOCUS IS NOW IS ON TRACKING AND FIXING THE AREAS IN PROTOCOL AND PRACTICE THAT FAILED TO PROTECT THE TWO NURSES IN TEXAS, AND SENATOR MARCO RUBIO BACKS THE CALL OF FLORIDA SENATOR BILL NEL ZOPF FOR A TRAVEL PLAN. WE SHOULD PROHIBIT PEOPLE FROM TRAVELING HERE FROM THERE. THE PRESIDENT CAN MAKE THAT BY EXECUTIVE ORDER AND HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DO SO. Reporter: MIAMI INTERNATIONAL IS UPDATING THOSE SICK TRAVELER PROTOCOLS. THOSE ARE DUTY NEXT WEEK, SPECIFICALLY FOR EBOLA CASES. THINGS AS SIMPLE AS WHO DO YOU CALL, WHAT SITUATION MERITS WHAT WANT WHO IS IN CHARGE. Reporter: AIRPORT EMPLOYEES NOW CARRY THIS REMINDER CHECKLIST, HOW TO RECOGNIZE AND REACT, ONE OF ONLY 20 GARN QUARANTINE STATIONS IN THE COUNTRY IS HERE ALONG WITH A C.D.C. OFFICE. AT FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL IT'S PAGES OF PROTOCOL BECAME AN INSTANT FOCUS WEDNESDAY AS THE AIRPORT LEARNED IT HAD BEN A STOP FOR AFFRONT TEAR AIRCRAFT HOURS AFTER AN EBOLA-INFECTED NURSE WAS ABOARD. STILL, THE GEOGRAPHICAL RISK FOR SOUTH FLORIDA THEY SAY THE IS AT THE MOMENT SMALL. IF YOU SOMEHOW STARRED GETTING AN OUTBREAK IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN DEFINITELY WE'RE GOING TO BE THE TIP OF THE SPEAR FOR THAT. OF COURSE, WHEN IT COMES TO EBOLA PREPAREDNESS, THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY AND ABSOLUTELY THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY, THOSE TWO ARE GETTING THE MOST ATTENTION RIGHT NOW, AND THE FOCUS IN BOTH IN PARTICULAR THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY IS THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS, THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF PATIENTS FACE TO FACE HANDS-ON AND THAT IS WHO IS AT MOST RISK, GETTING THE MOST ATTENTION IN THIS EFFORT RIGHT NOW. I'M GLENNA MILBERG REPORTING

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio arrived at one of South Florida and the U.S.'s largest airports on Thursday morning to speak about passengers' concerns about the Ebola outbreak.

At this time, five airports in the U.S. have implemented additional screenings for patients, but Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport are not included in that list.

Rubio acknowledged that at this time South Florida's airports do not have the best practices or protocols for dealing with this epidemic. He said we simply don't have the knowledge to implement the best protocols at this time, but said officials are working on it.

"We have the capability of identifying, to some extent, people who are connecting from a third country into the United States," said Rubio. "We do so for national security purposes. We've never done so for purposes of a pandemic of this magnitude. And again, the balancing act here is we want to be careful and prudent, but we also don't want to be counterproductive and paralyze global commerce and trade."

While MIA is not one of the focused airports with direct flights from affected countries, extensive protocols are in place to identify sick travelers and it is one of the only quarantine stations nationwide.

"Taking time out and using valuable resources for a minimal percentage of people that are coming from West Africa now, I would rather look to see where else I could apply those resources," said MIA Director Emilio Gonzalez.

Rubio was at MIA with a contingent of government and health decision-makers. He said he backs banning travel from Ebola-affected countries, and would suggest that President Obama sign an executive order to do so. The senator also acknowledged a scramble at the federal level to learn why protocols followed by two health care workers dealing with the Ebola case in Texas were not enough to protect them from infection and to implement those lessons learned.

"It is clear that we have not established adequate protocols to address it, and if there a part of the world deeply affected by something of this nature, we should prohibit people from traveling here from there until such time the outbreak is under control," said Rubio.

The commander of the United States Southern Command, based in Doral, said last week that there was a real concern because people who travel regularly from the infected areas, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, often travel through Central America.

He said South Florida airports, and especially MIA and the seaport, could become at risk because of the large number of travelers to South Florida from Central America. However, at this time officials at the federal level are primarily concerned with looking into what went wrong in Texas, and figure out how to implement the best protocols and practices throughout the nation's airports.

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Frontier Airlines to begin operating low-fare flights from Miami

Denver-based airline becomes only low-cost carrier to service Miami International Airport

Author: Peter Burke, Managing Editor, pburke@local10.com
Published On: Sep 30 2014 10:13:54 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 30 2014 10:22:00 AM EDT
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A new low-fare airline is coming to Miami.

Denver-based Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday that it will begin operating four new non-stop destinations from Miami International Airport beginning in December.

Frontier will fly daily from Miami to Denver, New York's LaGuardia Airport and Philadelphia starting Dec. 20. Flights to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport start Dec. 21.

Introductory fares for one-way flights start at $59 through Oct. 6.

To coincide with the announcement, Frontier is also offering a one-day-only sale on flights from Miami to LaGuardia, Philadelphia and Chicago beginning at $14.99 until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

"We welcome the arrival of Frontier Airlines at MIA and are thrilled to offer our customers this fantastic low-fare option to leading U.S. destinations," Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González said.

Frontier will become the only low-cost carrier to service MIA.

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Cyclist films his escape from attempted armed robbery in Argentina

GoPro footage shows man escaping a gunman attempting to rob him

Published On: Sep 18 2014 01:14:49 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 18 2014 01:24:03 PM EDT

By Thomas Johnson
Washington Post News Service

It's a bike ride Alex Hennessy won't soon forget.

And he's not alone — his video footage has already amassed more than a million views on the Web. Hennessy was cycling down a dusky street in Buenos Aires with a tour group when a motorcyclist aggressively cut across two lanes of traffic — narrowly dodging a honking minivan — to block his bike path.

The 33-year-old videographer was filming an episode of "Global Degree," a Web travel series for 20-somethings, and his expensive camera protruded from his backpack.

After averting the motorcycle, Hennessy let out an exasperated, "Jesus Christ," before nervously laughing to himself. Seconds later, the motorcyclist reappeared next to him and hastily pulled a handgun from his waistband, an action that transcends language barriers.

Hennessy dismounted from the bike and tried to move away, but the robber followed him, and the two became locked in a struggle over his bag, while Hennessy frantically pleaded, "Amigo, amigo," to no avail.

Eventually his travel companion, Michael Grazino, pulled Hennessy away, and he sprinted down the street, losing the scarf-wearing robber. The robber jumped back onto his bike and rode away.

"I didn't have time to think about it," Graziano said. "My first reaction was to get Alex out of there. I grabbed him by the bag and pulled him out of there."

Grazino and Hennessy were part of a larger group in the middle of the South and Central American leg of a lengthy travel plan that will span 195 countries. So far, they have visited 17 countries on this leg of the trip as part of Grazino's ambitious goal to see the world before he turns 30.

They raised more than $10,000 on Kickstarter to fund the trip and filmed a video trailer.

During the trailer, Hennessy foreshadowed such an incident, looking into the camera and saying: "Obviously, traveling into foreign countries with $10,000 worth of camera gear strapped to your back is going to be posing a bit of an issue. ... We need some level of insurance, just to make sure these episodes don't get jeopardized by any vandalism, theft, damage, water damage. These cameras are going to take a beating."

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