White House petition requests travel ban from ‘Ebola stricken nations’
By Shepard Ambellas | Intellihub.com
The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that it would be limiting inbound travel into the U.S. from Ebola stricken regions of West Africa to merely 5 U.S. airports, New York’s JFK, Washington’s Dulles International, Newark Liberty, Chicago O’hare, and Hartsfiled-Jackson in Atlanta, where newer and more vigilante passenger screening procedures will take place. At these locations passengers will be screened with thermometers that do not touch the skin and any other protocols the CDC recommends to detect fever.
While the new screenings pose longer wait times for travelers, most would agree they are much-needed. However, it’s not to say that someone will not attempt to gain entry into the U.S. who is infected with the Ebola virus by taking Ibuprofen to lower and mask fever temperatures during screening. Moreover, someone could develop symptoms days, even weeks, after entering as Ebola has at least a 21-day incubation period.
Demonstrating the public’s concern, right now there is even a petition posted on the official White House website calling for the president to “restrict travel into US from all Ebola stricken nations until such time there are no Ebola cases in USA” which reads:
We would like Obama Administration to restrict ALL TRAVEL from ANY nation with known cases of EBOLA.
Restriction should apply to anyone who are residents of those countries as well as anyone who have travelled into and out of those countries during the last 21 days.
Any travel out of those countries into another country for travel connections or for avoidance of travel history should be grounds for restricting residents of those countries into US as long as we have pending cases of our own.
Only after we have a country that is 100 percent Ebola free are we able to help others.
Only after such time we have no Ebola cases on our own soil, we will not be in a position to render help elsewhere where it is most needed.
As of the time of this articles posting the petition bears 1,376 signatures and needs to reach 100,000 signatures by Nov. 15, 2014.
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Shepard Ambellas is the founder, editor-in-chief of Intellihub News and the maker of SHADE the Motion Picture. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook. Shepard also appears on the Travel Channel series America Declassified. You can also listen to him on Coast To Coast AM.