Latest news: Ebola screening at limited US airports
On October 8th, the CDC, along with US Customs and Border Protection, announced a series of new screening measures at selected US airports.These measures, which will focus on travelers arriving from the west African nations of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the three nations most affected by the latest Ebola outbreak.

These new screening measures, which will be put into place starting October 11th, will be at five airports: New York’s JFK and Newark airports, Washington Dulles, Chicago O’Hare, and Atlanta.

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The January 2009 ditching of a US Airways jet airliner in the Hudson River was a spectacular accident, but fortunately was not a fatal accident. The crash came about because the aircraft was severely damaged after hitting a flock of geese shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia airport in New York.

The Foundation has been concerned about bird strike risks since its inception, and has worked closely with Bird Strike Committee USA on several initiatives to enhance the public’s understanding of bird and wildlife hazards to aircraft in the US and around the world.

Since the September 2009 North America Bird Strike Conference, the Foundation has actively supported several of their working groups through managing several of their online assets, especially social media resources that make it easier for their widely dispersed members to communicate and collaborate as help to shape aviation safety policy and procedures related to bird and wildlife hazards.

The Foundation would also like to invite you to help this program in the following ways:

  1. Follow the progress of the bird strike working groups: The site will be the focal point for news and other information related to the working groups.

    Covering a wider range of bird and wildlife hazard issues is Bird Strike News at This site also covers industry efforts to reduce bird strike risks.

  2. Contribute money to the Foundation: Donations sent to the Foundation during 2009 will be used exclusively to support activities related to the bird strike initiatives.
  3. Find out more about bird strikes: Visit’s bird strike page at for detailed information about bird strike hazards.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, so you are able to deduct your contributions to the organization.

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