Travelers From West Africa Allowed to Arrive at Only 5 U.S. Airports

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11:  A plane arrives at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK ) airport on October 11, 2014 in New York City.  Ebola screenings began on Saturday at JFK for travelers arriving from West African countries that have been afftected by the disease.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2014 Getty Images

The Department of Homeland Security announced new rules today that will govern the travel of passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the three West African countries with known Ebola outbreaks. Starting Wednesday, all travelers coming to the U.S. from those countries will be funneled into one of five U.S. airports equipped with enhanced screening for the deadly virus.

The airports include JFK, Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, Newark, and Dulles airport in Washington, D.C. Airlines will help passengers who were scheduled to fly into other airports rebook their tickets.

Hopefully this will quiet those calling for a blanket travel ban, at least temporarily.