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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infects polarized epithelia, which have tightly regulated trafficking because of the separation and maintenance of the apical and basolateral membranes. Previously we established a link between the apical recycling endosome (ARE) and the assembly of RSV. The current studies tested the role of a major ARE-associated protein, Rab11 family interacting protein 2 (FIP2) in the virus life cycle. A dominant-negative form of FIP2 lacking its N-terminal C2 domain reduced the supernatant-associated RSV titer 1,000-fold and also caused the cell-associated virus titer to increase. These data suggested that the FIP2 C2 mutant caused a failure at the final budding step in the virus life cycle. Additionally, truncation of the Rab-binding domain from FIP2 caused its accumulation into mature filamentous virions. RSV budding was independent of the ESCRT machinery, the only well-defined budding mechanism for enveloped RNA viruses. Therefore, RSV uses a virus budding mechanism that is controlled by FIP2.