Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Containing the Spread of Infectious Disease

February 26, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, will convene a hearing titled, “From SARS to Coronavirus: Examining the Role of Global Aviation in Containing the Spread of Infectious Disease,” at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. This hearing will examine the role of the global air transportation industry in mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Witnesses will discuss the progression of the outbreak, the global airline industry’s response to the spread of COVID-19, the sharing of accurate health and safety data for screening at airports, and any possible improvements to the air travel industry’s strategies for mitigating pandemics. 


  • The Honorable Joel Szabat, Acting Under Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Dr. Stephen Redd, Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Mr. William Ferrara, Executive Assistant Commissioner for Operations Support, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

*Witness list subject to change

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
2:30 p.m.
Subcommittee on Aviation and Space

This hearing will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

*Note: Witness list update 3/4/2020