Mar 15, 2020
International arrivals at US airports were thrown into chaos Saturday night as the Trump administration's poorly arranged coronavirus screenings began for travelers returning from Europe.
Angry tweets pointed the blame at Trump officials for causing the massive lines pushing tens of thousands of people close together for hours - the exact opposite of the recommended social distancing for stopping the spread of coronavirus.
\u201cWE ARE BACK IN THE COUNTRY.\n\nAND AT THIS MOMENT, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ARRIVING FROM NUMEROUS COUNTRIES ARE JAMMED TOGETHER IN A SINGLE SERPENTINE LINE VAGUELY SAID TO BE \u201dFOR SCREENING.\u201d\n\nGOOD WORK, AMERICA. \ud83e\udda0\ud83d\ude37\u2620\ufe0f\u201d— Tracy Sefl (@Tracy Sefl) 1584233463
Paige Hardy, an American student who left behind her graduate studies in London because she feared a broader travel ban, said a series of confusing announcements in the air and upon landing in Dallas led to alarm on the plane late Saturday. She posted a video on Twitter of travelers being asked to raise their hands if they had been in mainland Europe. Because of the delay, she also missed her connecting flight.
"It truly felt like an apocalyptic scenario," said Hardy, who left many of her belongings in England and was unsure if she would be able to return.
\u201cExactly right: it\u2019s crucial that Biden condemned Trump\u2019s xenophobic fearmongering and his disdain for facts, science and reality-based international cooperation in the same passage. Because those things are intimately intertwined with each other, and feed off similar impulses\u201d— apc (@apc) 1584278979
\u201cStephen Miller, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump created *precisely* the infectious disease Petri dish they claimed to be avoiding. Unreal.\u201d— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes) 1584238808
\u201cThis is unacceptable. The reactionary, poorly planned travel ban has left thousands of travelers at ORD forced into even greater health risk. @realdonaldtrump and @CBP: no one has time for your incompetence. Fully staff our airport right now, and stop putting Americans in danger.\u201d— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot) 1584242051
\u201cThe federal government needs to get its s@#t together.\u00a0\u00a0NOW.\u201d— Governor JB Pritzker (@Governor JB Pritzker) 1584240608
My son landed at O'Hare after an abrupt end to study abroad. He's been standing in this pack of people for an hour while waiting to have his temp taken. If he's not sick now, odds are he will be soon. #coronavirus #travelban #SocialDistancing pic.twitter.com/RMo6SFx1SM
-- Christina Clancy (@christi_clancy) March 15, 2020
\u201c#BREAKING: Passengers stuck in long lines for immigration at @DFWAirport tell us there are no offers of hand sanitizer, gloves, or masks from U.S. Customs / Immigration. Travelers say they\u2019ve had no screenings of temp yet and no one following #coronavirus protocols.\u201d— Jason Whitely (@Jason Whitely) 1584232362
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