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Published on Thursday, September 10, 2020

US to end enhanced international passenger Covid screening

The US is reportedly ending heightened coronavirus screening of inbound passengers at airports.

According to multiple news reports, enhanced Covid-19 screening of international travelers will end on Monday.

A Transportation Security Administration official said less than 15 passengers were positive for the virus out of the 675,000 passengers screened at  airports.

Passengers arriving from high-risk destinations to 15 designated airports have been checked since January, with temperature checks and requirements to provide medical history, current health conditions and contact information.

Trade group Airlines for America supported the decision in a statement to CNN.

"We continue to support spending scarce screening resources where they can best be utilized and no longer believe that it makes sense to continue screening at these 15 airports given the extremely low number of passengers identified by the CDC," A4A said. 

From Monday the targeted screenings will end and passengers will not need to fly into the designated airports used for Covid-19 screenings. 

Last month the CDC dropped a recommendation for travelers to undertake a 14-day post-travel quarantine, although some states separately still require this for domestic travel.


Written by Ray Montgomery, US editor

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