FlyersRights.org Calls For Increased Protection Of Air Travelers

FlyersRights.org is urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to step up the protection of airport travelers against the spread of COVID-19

Many US air travelers want every effort made to slow the spread of the virus through our airports. A recent poll by FlyersRights.org found majority support for tighter airport screening measures, with 81 percent of respondents saying they want checks of passengers on arrival and departure of all international flights.

Paul Hudson, president of FlyersRights.org today released the following statement:

“Customs and Border Control (CBP), part of DHS, is in charge of entry points at international airports. It has said that persons entering the US from restricted areas or ill will be denied entry, referred, tested and/or quarantined at 11 airports. Also, there is presently no systematic testing at airports, inadequate test kits, reports of complete lack of screening of passengers from Asia.

It is too late for international travel restrictions to do more than mitigate the pandemic. Furthermore, Air travel has already spread the coronavirus globally. Now it is spreading communally.

In Italy, with over 10,000 cases and 600 deaths. Moreover, all travel has been banned except for work, medical or emergency reasons until April 3rd.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), lists up-to-date restrictions of worldwide airports:

“USA- published 02.03.2020

  1. Passengers who have been in China (People’s Rep.) in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter the USA.
    -This does not apply to nationals of the USA.
    -This does not apply to passengers who reside in the USA.
  2. Passengers who have been in Iran in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter the USA.
    -Firstly, this does not apply to nationals of the USA.
    -Secondly, this does not apply to passengers who reside in the USA.
    -Thirdly, this does not apply to passengers with the invitation of the US government. For the purpose related to containment or mitigation of the virus.
    -Lastly, this does not apply to the US Armed Forces and their spouses and children. 
  3. Passengers who have been in China (People’s Rep.) in the past 14 days must arrive at one of the following airports: Atlanta (ATL), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Honolulu (HNL), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK or EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington (IAD).”

Currently, China and Iran flights are the only countries that require screening at US airports.