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Administration Announces Ebola Travel Restrictions

Amid calls for a total ban on travel from Ebola-affected countries, the Department of Homeland Security today announced it would enforce limited Ebola travel restrictions that will direct travelers from those countries through any of five U.S. airports where Ebola screening occurs.

According to a statement by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson:

Today, as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s ongoing response to prevent the spread of Ebola to the United States, we are announcing travel restrictions in the form of additional screening and protective measures at our ports of entry for travelers from the three West African Ebola-affected countries. These new measures will go into effect tomorrow.

Last week, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHS implemented enhanced screening measures at five airports around the country – New York’s JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago. Passengers flying into one of these airports from flights originating in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are subject to secondary screening and added protocols, including having their temperature taken, before they can be admitted into the United States. These airports account for about 94 percent of travelers flying to the United States from these countries. At present there are no direct, non-stop commercial flights from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea to any airport in the United States.

Today, I am announcing that all passengers arriving in the United States whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be required to fly into one of the five airports that have the enhanced screening and additional resources in place.

39 Responses to Administration Announces Ebola Travel Restrictions

  1. Taking their cues from Harvard?

    Harvard University has imposed an effective travel ban on Ebola-stricken countries, requiring students, faculty, and staff to obtain official permission from the university administration before traveling to affected parts of West Africa, and possibly staying off campus for 21 days after returning to the U.S. from those countries.

  2. Typical Obama. Just enough to help red-state Dems but not nearly enough to be meaningful. Why? Because the TSA at those 5 airports will not be trained (though we will be assured they will be) and even if they are trained (which will be inadequate even if it happens) the people doing the screening will STILL be performed by UNION TSA who DON’T GIVE SH*T and have a proven track record of being UTTERLY INCOMPETENT while not giving a sh*t.

    That is all.

    • Sheesh, please tell me that I am not the only one tired of seeing so many posts chastising others here for what they say and how they say it! This weekend, there was even an objection to use of “WTF”. Unbelievable.

      For Pete’s sake, this is Keith’s blog and it’s up to him to decide whether someone has crossed the line by using curse words. I have seen him delete posts that go too far, even just this morning.

      This constant objecting to any and all “bad” words, even using abbreviations (‘WTF”) or asterisks is beyond ridiculous and at this point, just rude. None of us have a right to tell any other poster here what they can post or how they should or should not phrase something; although, yes, I realize that by making this comment I am sort of doing precisely that. I’m just sick and tired of biting my tongue every damn time I see this (which is multiple times a day!)

      Ordinary, I scroll by comments I am not interested in, but just this once, I finally have to say something. Now, I shall continue to scroll, and I will ask everyone here to do the same. If you don’t appreciate a comment, or how it’s phrased, just scroll along.

      Or, better yet, if you want the right to approve of every comment posted, then get your own blog!

  3. Is this a joke? The five airports “account for 94 percent of travelers flying to the U.S. from these countries.”

    So 6% of West Africans can still fly into the country. All it takes is ONE of them to have Ebola and to spread it.

    Folks, our government doesn’t care whether you live or die and this situation is simply one more that proves it.

    • Plus–people from the Zones can still fly around on planes that then have to be cleaned esp well, etc. If they knew they would be turned back, maybe they would not board.

  4. Based on their logic they used to not restrict travel completely,this doesn’t work either,as people will sneak in other ways. Nothing this administration does is for the good of the people. Its all window dressing.

  5. Nice try, but this really does nothing, nada, zip, zilch. But I did see that the WHO confirmed that a few neighboring countries to Sierra Leone, Liberia have been confirmed EBOLA FREE…. wow, I wonder what kind of magic wand they have over there…

    wait…they shut the borders….oh yea….


  6. They really, truly, think we’re stupid and don’t pay attention to anything beyond our noses.
    One question: if someone presents with suspicious symptoms, will the plane and everyone who flew on it be put into quarantine?

    • The more important question is how the CDC allowed a plane full of people to deplane within hours after the plane landed at JFK with a dead passenger from Nigeria. The CDC quickly said he did not have ebola. No one knows how they quickly reached that decision. Rep. King questioned it.

  7. How good is that ban if you have to use one of those airports? How are we supposed to know if one of the passengers is from West Africa and hasn’t shown any symptoms yet? What is someone gets sick on the plane, isn’t this a way to spread this disease sitting on a plane? How stupid are Americans to listen to Obama and the CDC. Ban all West Africans from entering our country Period.