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Ebola Update: White House Announces Enhanced Screening

October 9, 2014
Ebola Update: White House Announces Enhanced Screening
Dear Travel Colleague:
Roger Dow, President and CEO of the US Travel Association, has sent a letter regarding enhanced screening measures aimed at helping protect travelers arriving from Ebola-affected nations.
New passenger screening measures at five U.S. gateway airports were announced by the White House aimed at helping protect travelers arriving from Ebola-affected nations. I have been in touch with Administration officials on this latest development and assured them that the travel community will do all that it can to be helpful in this effort. I also personally thanked the White House for resisting calls from some quarters for a travel ban from stricken countries, which experts believe would do substantially more harm than good.
Here is the most up-to-date information we have:
  • Additional passenger screening begins Saturday at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, and will follow suit at four other major U.S. airports next week, including Washington Dulles International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
  • According to the CDC, these five airports handle 94 percent of travelers coming from Ebola-affected countries.
We are encouraged that the Obama Administration's response has been measured and thoughtful. The responsible, deliberate approach by the federal government so far not only keeps the traveling public safe, but also preserves the ideals so intrinsic to our American way of life.
We will stay engaged on behalf of the industry and keep you apprised.
Our team is confirming details for a briefing call with the Department of Homeland Security to provide U.S. Travel members with more information. We will provide call details within 24 hours.

Roger Dow
President & CEO, US Travel Association

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