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Mexican flight to Pudong is fever free

ALL 176 passengers, including 111 Chinese, and a 13-person crew from Mexico passed temperature checks at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport and were allowed to enter the country yesterday morning.

The flight was the first in the city since on-board temperature and health inspections were required for all flights arriving from Mexico, the country hardest hit by the swine flu outbreak.

Under the new policy, any traveler whose forehead temperature exceeds 38 degrees Celsius will be sent to a special hospital from the parking apron.

Most of the arrivals seemed to be in a relaxed mood though they were a bit surprised by the intense media interest.

The Mexicana Airlines Boeing 777 from Mexico City landed in Pudong on schedule at 5:58am, parking in a remote spot.

Technicians from the Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, wearing white jumpsuits, goggles and face masks, took everyone's temperature with hand-held scanners and looked for other flu symptoms.

Passengers were also required to fill out forms listing their local contact information. And their carry-on and checked luggage was sprayed with disinfectant.

The entire entry process took about three hours.

Jorge Huerta, captain of the flight, told Shanghai Daily as he was leaving the airport that "everything was just fine on the plane." The crew and passengers had all passed body temperature tests before boarding at Mexico City International Airport, according to the captain.

The next flight from Mexico City is due to arrive at the airport on Sunday morning.


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