The PJ Tatler

Change: No Ebola West Africa Travel Ban, But New Airport Restrictions

Starting Wednesday, all travelers to the US coming from the three Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa will have to go through one of the five airports that will be enhanced screening sites.

But the enhanced screening is a joke. It consists of answering more questions on a form, and having your temperature taken by a laser-infrared thermometer.

That screening would not have stopped Thomas Duncan from entering the US from his native Liberia.

The new restriction does mean that all travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will have to go through the new screening, and not just the 94% who were already set to undergo the screening.

So, this isn’t really much of a change at all. It’s theater.

Meanwhile, because the United States still accepts travelers from the Ebola hot zone, Rwanda is set to begin screening travelers who travel there from the US.