COVID-19: US Airports Stop Screening International Passengers

Screening at international arrival points for COVID-19 has been active for several months, this will end on Monday, September 14.

Returning travelers, who had been in China, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Iran and the Schengen region of Europe, have been required to travel through one of the following 15 airports:

  • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Florida
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Texas
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
  • Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
  • Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia


675,000 passengers have been screened at those airports and only 15 passengers have been identified as having COVID-19.

The COVID-19 screening  consisted of a temperature check and the recording of health and contact information.


Bottom line

Screening haven't been a great success, other than generating long waiting cues.

Rapid Covid-19 tests could be a game changer. If every passenger has to do a test before boarding you will be sure not to catch the virus in the plane, if the tests will be accurate…


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