American Airport Police Officers Union Calls for Commercial Flight Ban From Ebola Countries
Figures accurate from 4-6 October, depending on country. Death toll in Liberia includes probable, suspect and confirmed cases, while in Sierra Leone and Guinea only confirmed cases are shown. (BBC News)
The American Alliance of Airport Police officers is calling for a ban on commercial air travel with West African countries battling Ebola.
A nationwide group representing airport police officers, including those at Newark Liberty and John F. Kennedy International, is calling for a ban on commercial air travel to the United States from countries battling Ebola outbreaks.
The American Alliance of Airport Police officers is drafting a letter to members of Congress calling for the travel ban, along with a requirement that American medical personnel and Ebola patients traveling from the affected West African countries be flown on military aircraft.
“We’re calling for a restriction on flights from these afflicted countries,” said Bobby Egbert, a spokesman for the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association union, an alliance member organization whose officers patrol Newark Liberty and Kennedy airports.
Newark and JFK are among five airports nationwide singled out by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for enhanced Ebola screening. Federal officials say the five airports are the U.S. points of entry for 94 percent of fliers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the virus has killed more than 4,000 people.