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Six-Hour Customs Lines at US Airports Due to Coronavirus Screening

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by Eben Diskin Feb 4, 2020

The US government is taking precautions to make sure travelers who have traveled to China recently or are entering the country from China are thoroughly screened for coronavirus. Unfortunately, this also means some incredibly long lines at the 11 airports designated as “screener airports.”

All flights coming from China are being routed through these airports, with special screening measures in place at each to prevent the virus’ spread. The extra screening means longer lines; some people are even reporting customs lines that are six hours long, as travelers are being asked to fill out questionnaires detailing their entire trip, and undergo CDC screening that includes getting their temperature taken. And if you’ve been in the Chinese province of Hubei in the past 14 days, you’ll be welcomed home by a mandatory two-week quarantine.

The 11 coronavirus screener airports in the US include:

  • San Francisco International Airport
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  • Hawaii’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport
  • Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport
  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Detroit Metro Airport
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • Newark Liberty International Airport
  • Washington Dulles International Airport

On Friday, President Trump instituted tighter travel restrictions for foreign nationals who have been in China for the past two weeks, denying them entry to the US.

Apparently, however, if you have the Mobile Passport feature on your phone, you might be able to skip the craziness. One Twitter user claims she was able to avoid an 800-person line at SFO due to the Mobile Passport app.

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