For those clamoring for a travel ban, the U.S. has ordered that passengers coming from 3 West African countries are only allowed to enter via five airports.
Passengers coming from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea may only enter the U.S. at New York JFK, Newark, Washington Dulles, Atlanta, and Chicago O’Hare.
Those are the airports where $19 an hour EMTs will look for Ebola as passengers turn up.
And that’s where 94% of those passengers are flying through anyway.
So 6% of passengers coming from those 3 West African nations, who might have planned to, say, fly via some European city to Boston, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, or Seattle will have to re-route.
A travel ban is both unnecessary and likely ineffective, but politically it is sometimes helpful to “do something” and this, indeed, technically qualifies as “something.”