01. 06. 2007 - Statement Regarding Flight OK 104 on May 24, 2007

Prague, May 31, 2007

Along with other air carriers, Czech Airlines (CSA) received the information on the suspected presence of a tuberculosis infected passenger from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Thursday night at 11:30 p.m. (CEST) during the return flight from Montreal to Prague. The information that the tuberculosis infected passenger had traveled on board the CSA aircraft was not confirmed by TSA until the following day. CSA handed over the requested information about the passenger to TSA.  

After the information was confirmed, CSA diligently notified other appropriate authorities. Such authorities included also the Czech Health Department and the Chief Health Inspector of the Czech Republic. Selected passengers traveling on the affected flight are being gradually contacted and advised to seek a medical evaluation on the basis of this information. The members of the flight crew have already undergone such a screening and the aircraft has been sanitized.

According to information released by global health organizations, the risk of the infection having been transmitted is very low.

Daniela Hupáková
CSA Press Spokesperson