Vice-President Biden got into a bit of trouble today, saying he wouldn't advise his family to travel by plane or by subway to limit the chances of their being infected with swine flu. Some, like the United States Travel Association trade group, weren't happy. But the science may be on Biden's side, says Ezra Klein:
Biden may be right to induce a bit of panic. The United States Travel Association won't think so. It's their profit stream on the line, after all. But epidemiologists are probably quietly relieved by the Vice President's comments.