TB on a Plane – The Story of Andrew Speaker

Andrew Speaker just wanted to enjoy his honeymoon. Sure he had a drug resistant form of tuberculosis, a potentially deadly disease. He has since apologized for putting the lives of others at risk flying to Europe and back with his new bride. He felt fine. Some doctors didn’t seem too concerned. He shared his apology to Diane Sawyer as he wore a protective mask. (His wife seems to be a very pretty and intelligent woman, at least as far as I can tell from the picture of her wearing a protective mask)

Actually, I really can relate. I got on a plane for my honeymoon infected with chicken pox. We went to Laguna Beach, Big Bear, Hollywood, and even Disneyland. Sure, I may have infected hundreds of kids at the “Happiest Place on Earth,” but it was my honeymoon (and it wasn’t a deadly disease, just extremely uncomfortable). To hear more of this true story, watch this. (The chicken pox on my wedding day begins about 3 minutes into the stand up routine).

Seriously though, so far no one has been found to have caught TB from Andrew. Let’s hope that continues to be the case. Ironically, Andrew’s father-in-law is a microbiologist specializing in the spread of TB.

As far as I know, I haven’t heard of anyone at our wedding, on my flights, or in L.A. who caught chicken pox (other than the kids whose parents sent them over to me on purpose during the wedding reception).

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  • Deana

    thank goodness for chicken pox vaccine!

  • Kyle Minckler

    Microbiologist for a father?! Hadn’t heard that ironic part of the story ’till now! Thanks for the post.
    Crazy, father usually knows best…

  • Cheryl Russell

    What I find most disturbing about this whole fiasco is the fact that the border guard let TB man go on his merry way even though the guard had an alert on his screen that said to detain him if and when he showed up. But according to the news reports, the guard decided to let him on in because he looked so healthy.

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