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Flights between the U.S. and Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea will now require additional screenings
For National Journal, Sarah Mimms reports: October 21, 2014 Travelers flying between West African nations affected by Ebola and the United States will now be subject to additional screenings and “protective measures” to help prevent the disease from spreading into the U.S., the Homeland Security Department announced Tuesday.
“We are continually evaluating whether additional restrictions or added screening and precautionary measures are necessary to protect the American people and will act accordingly.”
All passengers flying from Sierre Leone, Liberia, and Guinea into the U.S. will be required to enter the country through five major airports: Dulles International Airport in Virginia; John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York; Newark Liberty International Airport; Chicago O’Hare International Airport; and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
“These airports account for about 94 percent of travelers flying to the United States from these countries,” Johnson said. “At present there are no direct, nonstop commercial flights from Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea to any airport in the United States.”
All five airports will now be required to specially screen passengers whose trips originated in any of those three countries and to submit passengers to…(read more)
Matt Berman contributed to this article.