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15 Sep 2020

No more COVID-19 screening at US airports

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Now no more COVID-19 check. File Photo of Airport health officials screening the temperature of crew and passengers at the airport.
Now no more COVID-19 check. File Photo of Airport health officials screening the temperature of crew and passengers at the airport.

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) ends COVID-19 screening for international passengers, as the agency seeks to develop more rigorous testing protocols.

The agency ended its program that saw incoming passengers submit to temperature checks and health questionnaires from September 14 Monday, reports Ted Perton in Sam Chui Aviation & Travel.

The system was rendered ineffective, because so many people who transmit the disease don’t present with symptoms.

The CDC will now focus on less invasive, voluntary, measures such as educating passengers and requesting contact information. Industry bodies, such as the US Chamber of Commerce, have called for a more robust testing program, which may be a key step in restarting international travel.

In total, 675,000 people underwent the screenings and fewer than 15 were identified as having COVID-19.

Travellers arriving from China, Iran, most of Europe, UK and Brazil will also no longer be required to arrive at 15 designated airports, when the new policy goes into effect yesterday.

(Courtesy Sam Chui Aviation & Travel)

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