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Hazmat Suits Deployed on Planes as Security Tightens Over China Virus Outbreak

  • From San Francisco to Mumbai, travel industry is on high alert
  • Fears heighten that virus will spread over holiday season
Passengers wearing masks arrive at Beijing International Airport on Jan. 20.

Passengers wearing masks arrive at Beijing International Airport on Jan. 20.

Photographer: Wang Zhao/AFP via Getty Images

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The travel industry is stepping up precautionary measures against the virus originating from central China that’s killed four people and infected hundreds, with at least one airline starting to equip planes with hazardous-materials suits for cabin crew.