The US began conducting enhanced screening of passengers arriving from Wuhan, China, where the virus outbreak occurred at select airports in January. In the following months, additional airports began the process of screening passengers from high-risk countries. For a brief period, the screening resulted in long lines and congested conditions at US airports.
Now the administration is ready to end the screening that was first reported by Yahoo News. US Customs and Border Protection deferred comment to the Department of Homeland Security, refusing to comment.
A TSA official told CNN that a draft public affairs guidance memo argued to end airport screening: screening of 675,000 passengers at 15 airports: fewer than 15 identified as Kovid-19 Was done.
Airlines, for the US, an aviation industry group, agrees with the decision to stop the screening, saying in a statement: “We continue to support spending scarce screening resources where they can best be used And it is no longer convincing that it makes sense to continue screening on these 15 airports ranked very low in the number of passengers identified as potentially a health issue (US Center for Disease Control and Prevention) is. ”
The effectiveness of screening is difficult to measure. Data made available to the House Oversight Committee earlier this year revealed that some passengers were prevented from early investigations into international flights from coronovirus hotspots outside China.
The screening included questions about medical history, current status, and contact information for local health officials.