Stepped up Ebola screening starts at 4 U.S. airports

Graphic explains the non-contact thermometers. (AP Photo)

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — Officials at airports in four American cities are scheduled to start taking the temperatures of passengers from three West African countries as part of a stepped up Ebola screening program.

Federal health officials say the entry screenings that start Thursday add another layer of protection to halt the spread of Ebola. Screeners will use no-touch thermometers to try to find passengers with fevers.

The screenings started at New York’s Kennedy International Airport on Saturday. They will now be conducted at Washington Dulles, Chicago O’Hare, Newark’s Liberty and Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta.

Officials say about 150 people travel daily from or through Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea to the United States. Nearly 95 percent of them land first at one of those five airports. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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