Airline Expert: U.S. Should Enact Ebola-Related Travel Ban

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Aviation expert Mary Schiavo thinks the U.S. government should implement a travel ban on the approximately 150 passengers entering the U.S. every day from West African nations affected by Ebola. Her reason: Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who became the first person to be diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola, who died from the virus.

Schiavo tells Here & Now's Robin Young, "one person had put how many people on 21-day quarantines, has disrupted several flights... and literally the economy of the United States."

Polls show the American public supports a travel ban, though President Barack Obama and federal health officials continue to insist that it could worsen the crisis in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.


  • Mary Schiavo, aviation attorney and former Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation. She tweets @MarySchiavo.

This segment aired on October 20, 2014.


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