Contagion Animation: How U.S. Airports Could Spread Next Pandemic
An animated computer model by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows how airports could help spread the next pandemic.
The model incorporates data about variations in travel patterns, the locations of airports, the number of human interactions within and between airports, and even each airport's average waiting time.
Researchers found that John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York was most likely to spread a contagious disease from a central location. The primary airports of Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Francisco and Newark, N.J., round up the top five.
Also noteworthy was the major role of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Alaska, a frequent stopover for cargo aircraft traveling between North America and East Asia.