The Conversation: Keeping Airports Safe Now And In The Future

May 20, 2020

Testing for COVID-19 at the airport; The Long View with Neal Milner: Challenges for airport design post-pandemic; Navy replaces leaky fuel tank in California but not Red Hill; Remembering the Chaulmoogra tree and how it helped those with Hansen's diseaseĀ 

Testing for COVID-19 at the airport

Dr. Jim Ireland is a community physician and the medical director for paramedics and firefighters at the state's airports. He tells us how they discovered a traveler sick with COVID-19 through a Centers for Disease Control program originally used to screen for flights out of Asia and the Pacific but has since been expanded for COVID-19.

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The Long View with Neal Milner: Challenges for airport design post-pandemic

How will the coronavirus pandemic affect airport and travel? In the short term, airports will have to allow for physical distancing - a departure from the long lines travelers have been accustomed to after 9/11. In the long term, airports will need to "future proof" so they can remain flexible to a constantly changing world.

Navy replaces leaky fuel tank in California but not Red Hill

In California and Washington, the Navy said its World War II-era fuel tanks should be retired. But in Hawaii, the Navy says its tanks from the same era are working great. Civil Beat Politics & Opinion Editor Chad Blair talks about the double standard. Click here to read Christina Jedra's story at CivilBeat.org.

Chaulmoogra tree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa
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Remembering the Chaulmoogra tree and how it helped those with Hansen's disease

University Hawaii at Manoa chemist Alice Ball developed a treatment for Hansen's disease patients using the chaulmoogra tree. A tree on campus honors the work, and advocates are caring for the tree and planting seeds from it at Kalaupapa.

Plaque in honor of Alice Ball
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