On August 2 the CDC updated its Ebola Guidance for Airlines. Click through to read the whole document, use the links, and download the PDFs. Excerpt:
Stopping ill travelers from boarding aircraft
People who have been exposed to Ebola virus disease should not travel on commercial airplanes until there is a period of monitoring for symptoms of illness lasting 21 days after exposure. Sick travelers should delay travel until cleared to travel by a doctor or public health authority.
Airlines should consider using their own authority (for US airlines, Federal Register[PDF - 74 pages], Department of Transportation 14 CFR Part 382) to deny boarding of sick travelers if Ebola is suspected.
Management of ill people on aircraft if Ebola virus is suspected
Crew members on a flight with a passenger or other crew member who is ill with a fever, jaundice, or bleeding and who is traveling from or has recently been in a risk area should follow these precautions:
• Keep the sick person separated from others as much as possible.
• Provide the sick person with a surgical mask (if the sick person can tolerate wearing one) to reduce the number of droplets expelled into the air by talking, sneezing, or coughing.
• Give tissues to a sick person who cannot tolerate a mask. Provide a plastic bag for disposing of used tissues.
• Wear impermeable disposable gloves for direct contact with blood or other body fluids.
Universal Precaution Kits: Airplanes traveling to countries affected with Ebola should carry Universal Precaution Kits, as recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization[PDF - 30 pages] (ICAO), for managing ill onboard passengers.
Visit CDC's Infection Control Guidelines for Cabin Crew Members on Commercial Aircraft for more information on practical measures cabin crew members can take to protect themselves, passengers and other crew members.
Reporting Ill Travelers
The captain of an aircraft bound for the United States is required by law to report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before arrival any deaths onboard or ill travelers who meet specified criteria. This is consistent with mandatory reporting standards of ICAO (ICAO document 4444 and Annex 9, Ch. 8, of the Chicago Convention).
CDC staff can be consulted to assist in evaluating an ill traveler, provide recommendations, and answer questions about reporting requirements; however, reporting to CDC does not replace usual company procedures for in-flight medical consultation or obtaining medical assistance.