Mexico City, May 2, 2009 - The last AeroMexico flight (AM098) before China's suspension of flights from Mexico, was ordered to park away from the apron after it landed at the Pudong International Airport (PVG) in Shanghai at 6 AM, Thursday, April 30th, 2009.
Chinese medical workers stormed the Boeing 777 to take the temperature of everyone the 202 passengers on board. They were then allowed to disembark and enter the airport through a separate facility. According to the Shanghai Public Health Center medical staff, no flu symptoms were found.
The Chinese airport quarantine staff disinfected the plane after passengers disembarked.
Mexico City's Juarez International Airport (MEX) already had strict disease control measures before this flight was boarded and every passenger was wearing a surgical mask.
Shanghai is the only city in China's mainland with direct flights to and from Mexico; its airport has taken strict quarantine measures on all flights from North America.
In Beijing, a Mexican family of five was forcibly taken to a hospital, they were not being let out until the Mexican Embassy in China intervened and were taken to a hotel, "not of the desired kind" according to the embassy's release.
A whole Hong Kong hotel, including unsuspecting visitors, was forcibly quarantined by Chinese authorities after a Mexican citizen fell ill while visiting the former British colony. International tourists from other nations were blocked from leaving the facility.
Mexican Government will be sending a Mexican Air Force plane to pick up Mexican stranded passengers in China.
Colombia and Chile have banned Mexican soccer teams from their stadiums.
In the United States, radio host Michael Savage mentioned that the primary source of contagion were the illegal immigrants, talk show host Neal Boortz proposed to call H1N1 influenza the "fajita flu" and CNN's Lou Dobbs suggested it to be called the "Mexican flu". Radio journalist Jay Severin was indefinitely suspended by his Boston station after having called Mexicans "criminaliens" and hospital ERs "apartments for the Mexicans". A member of the Women's Affairs Commission in New York City, Betsy Perry, had to apologize after publishing that "Mexico should control its (health) bandits".
According to the FBI, hate crimes against Mexicans were up from 595 in 2003 to 819 in 2007.
"To use provoked fear because of a serious and ongoing public health problem in order to blame illegal immigrants for it, is not only blatantly despicable and cynical, but totally unfounded." "Some of this statements are openly racist and have no place in our public policy", US Senator (D) Robert Menendez, said.