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DHS Imposes Flying Restrictions on West African Travelers

Passengers flying from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the countries most affected by the ebola outbreak, will now face travel restrictions and additional screenings, the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday.

Travelers from the three nations will now be routed through one of five major U.S. airports that account for most west African arrivals, where they will be subject to heightened screening for ebola symptoms.

The change in policy comes after weeks of pressure for the administration to more actively prevent people from the affected areas from traveling to the U.S., especially after Thomas Eric Duncan passed away from the virus in Dallas following a flight from Liberia. An overwhelming majority of the public approves of airport screening.

It is unclear what effect the new policy will have. There are no direct flights from those countries to the U.S., and experts believe screening pre-flight is more effective.

[h/t National Journal]

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