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Travel Industry Supports Administration’s Enhanced Ebola Screening

October 23, 2014 Association No Comments Email Email

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that all passengers from Ebola-stricken African countries will be routed through five U.S. airports where advanced screening measures are in place:

“This is a substantive step in addressing an issue the public has understandably expressed a great deal of concern about, while avoiding a policy overreaction with harmful unintended consequences.

“This new policy maximizes efficiency, because the screening measures that were already up and running will now capture all of the passengers from at-risk African countries, as opposed to the 94 percent they were picking up before. We believe this announcement will achieve the aim of keeping sick people out of the U.S., without abandoning whole countries in their efforts to fight Ebola or driving travelers from those countries ‘underground’ in attempts to reach the U.S.

“The Obama administration continues to heed the counsel of an overwhelming consensus of health and security experts, and resist calls for any sort of travel ban on the grounds that it will be counterproductive to efforts to contain Ebola.

“The travel community is monitoring the situation very closely, and will continue to disseminate the most accurate and current information possible and assist in any other way we can.”

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