LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – The KCBD Investigates team is shining a light on medical tourism; people flying to the United States from other countries in order to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a practice that’s bringing visitors right here to Lubbock.
Our story culminated in a brief conversation outside of a CVS pharmacy, but it started when our team staked out the only FBO at Lubbock International Airport. An FBO is a Fixed Base Operator, essentially a small aircraft service station. That’s where our team first encountered a group of medical tourists stepping off a Cessna Citation III Business Jet, on a chartered flight that originated in Del Norte, Mexico, before making an overnight stay in San Antonio and ultimately flying to Lubbock.
Our team followed the group of seven people as they made their way down I-27 in two vehicles, exiting at Avenue Q, traveling down to Broadway where they turned right and then expertly negotiated the back route to the neighborhood CVS Pharmacy across the street from Texas Tech University.
As we watched our new friends from south of the border take off and head for home in their Cessna Citation, we noted the total time spent in Lubbock was about two hours, which left us wondering, how did they know they would get the vaccine, and who benefitted from this trip?
The aircraft shows to be registered to TRN Aviation, LLC, a company that owns a fleet of aircraft. Flight websites show that particular jet making international trips to half a dozen Texas cities since February 1, 2021.
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