St. Patrick's Day weekend, Europe to U.S. travel: which airports?
April 9, 2020 12:19 PM   Subscribe

Which U.S. airports were European travelers funneled to on the weekend of 14-15 March?

During the weekend of 14-15 March, the U.S. allowed international travelers coming from travel-banned European countries to enter through thirteen airports and it was a clusterfuck where lots of possibly-infected people spent hours in close proximity to one another while waiting for the screeners to clear everybody. MeFites at the time predicted a big spike in covid-19 cases in those cities two weeks later (i.e., about a week or two ago).

Which airports were they? The only one I'm sure of is O'Hare (Chicago); I think I also remember hearing Dallas-Fort Worth. I've looked but can't find a list.
posted by Spathe Cadet to Grab Bag (3 answers total)
Best answer: Here you go.
While those travel restrictions will not apply to US citizens, legal permanent residents, and their family members, those who do fly from the European countries will be forced to land at the following 13 airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York; Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois; San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California; Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington; Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii; Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia; Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia; Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey; Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas; Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan; Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts; and Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida.
posted by peacheater at 12:23 PM on April 9, 2020 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thank you!
posted by Spathe Cadet at 12:28 PM on April 9, 2020 [1 favorite]

Best answer: It's worth noting that flights from mainland China had been funneled into (basically) that same set of airports since early February. Boston & Miami were added to the list shortly after the Schengen-area travel restrictions were put in place; but most of those airports had been receiving a larger number of potential COVID patients for six weeks prior to the Schengen ban.
posted by Johnny Assay at 4:56 PM on April 9, 2020 [2 favorites]

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