- The Department of Homeland Security issued its plan for screening Americans returning from Europe
- They will not be given tests for coronavirus, but instead will be asked questions about how they feel and where they have traveled to recently
- The announcement does not even make reference to taking passengers’ temperatures when they land
- They will then be told to self-quarantine for 14 days, but otherwise will be free to roam in the country
- There is also no mention of how Europeans will be stopped from boarding planes or entering the country
- Trump earlier promised to test passengers before they got on flights and stop them from coming home if they test positive
- He has offered no further information, like who will provide those tests or even process them
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Donald’s Trump’s European travel ban has kicked in, but it has emerged that Americans flying home will only be allowed to travel through 13 airports and they will not be tested for coronavirus when they land at the border.
Trump’s announcement of the ban on Thursday made no mention of any tests at the origin country and it does not say how it will stop Europeans – who are banned from the US – from getting on the plane.
Once the passengers arrive back in America, they will go to customs and then to ‘enhanced screening’ where they won’t have their temperatures taken or be tested for COVID-19, but where they’ll be asked a series of questions about their medical conditions and travel history.
Then, they’ll be advised to self-quarantine and follow CDC guidelines.
‘Upon arrival, travelers will proceed to standard customs processing. They will then continue to enhanced entry screening where the passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities.
NO TESTS, NO TEMPERATURE CHECKS AND A FEW QUESTIONS: THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN FOR AMERICANS COMING HOME
These are the Department of Homeland Security’s ‘restrictions’ on Americans returning home from Europe, as of Friday afternoon:
‘Effective for flights taking off at 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, March 13th, Americans returning from all restricted countries will now be required to travel through the following 13 airports:
• Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
• Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
• Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
• Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
• Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
• Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
• John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
• Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
• Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
• Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
• San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
• Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
• Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia
‘Upon arrival, travelers will proceed to standard customs processing.
They will then continue to enhanced entry screening where the passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities.
‘Passengers will then be given written guidance about COVID-19 and directed to proceed to their final destination, and immediately home-quarantine in accordance with CDC best practices’
Acting HS Secretary Chad Wolf said the passengers would be identified before their flights and put on planes to the designated airports by the airlines ‘at no cost to them.’
Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf described the measures as ‘aggressive’.
He added: ‘To minimize disruptions to travelers, TSA, CBP, and air carriers are working to identify qualifying passengers before their scheduled flights.
‘These passengers will be rerouted to one of the 13 airports by their airline at no cost to them,’ he said.
The measures are far less severe than had been suggested by Trump in his address, or promised by him on Thursday.
Trump insisted that Americans would be tested for the virus before they got on planes in Europe and that if any of them tested positive for the virus, they would not be allowed to board.
He failed to give any context for those plans, like who would provide the tests, where he would find them and what would happen to an American who tested positive.
The department’s announcement on Friday afternoon extends a theme of mixed messages that has been coming from the White House, health officials, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence as the chaos escalated this week.
Oh Dear…. whether we blame Donald Trump, the WHO, or the CDC, the cat is now out of the bag. The USA is tracking the way of Italy, Iran and China