US tightens Ebola airport screening

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Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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Passengers travelling to the US from three Ebola-hit West African countries must enter through one of five airports screening passengers for the deadly disease, the Homeland Security Department said.

Customs and border protection officers earlier this month started screening passengers from West Africa who arrived at New York’s Kennedy, Newark Liberty, Washington’s Dulles, Chicago’s O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airports.

There are no direct flights from West Africa to the US and about 94% of the estimated 150 daily passengers from the region pass through those five airports.

The new requirement means that people travelling from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea who were not originally passing through one of those five airports will have to rebook their flights.

Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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