US CITIZENS WHO SCRAMBLED TO GET BACK FROM EUROPE AND THE REST OF THE WORLD SPEAK OF RIDICULOUSLY LONG QUEUES AND WAITING TIMES AT AIRPORTS
As the federal government rushed on Saturday to implement President Trump’s restrictions on travel from Europe, part of an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, chaos ensued at some of America’s biggest airports.
New coronavirus screening requirements are creating massive bottlenecks in airports, creating crowds that risk spreading the illness.
People were sharing appalling photos on Twitter Saturday of jam-packed airports as hordes of Americans flying home from overseas were being screened for coronavirus under new federal travel requirements instituted by President Donald Trump.
The crowds and hours-long waits were exactly what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned against as a dangerous way to spread the illness.
Photos revealed stalled wall-to-wall passengers in particular at New York City’s John F. Kennedy, Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airports. Officials at O’Hare were handing out disinfectant wipes among the mobbed travelers, according to witnesses.
Some Americans flying home from all countries under travel restrictions have been routed through 13 airports.