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U.S. Airline Travelers Face Massive Delays As Coronavirus Screenings Begin
U.S. Airline Travelers Face Massive Delays As Coronavirus Screenings Begin

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Frustrated travelers took to social media to gripe about the winding lines causing passenger congestion in airports including Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, where some travelers reported waits of up to four hours. A U.S. senator from Illinois said he heard of lines stretching on up to eight hours.

The Trump administration is restricting travel from 28 European countries, which now include the United Kingdom and Ireland. Europe, the World Health Organization has declared, is now the epicenter of the pandemic.

U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are permitted to return from those countries, but they must go through health screenings. And the mayhem set off by the implementation of the new health measure came into full view on Sunday.

The dense crowds come despite U.S. health officials urging people to engage in “social distancing” to curb the spread of infections  […]

 

Coronavirus Concerns Empty Planes, Leaving Airline Industry Reeling

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HAND SANITIZER STATIONS ENCOURAGING PASSENGERS TO USE ENCOURAGING PASSENGERS TO USE THEM EARLY IN THEIR TRIPS AND THEM EARLY IN THEIR TRIPS AND OFTEN. OFTEN. THIS MORNING BIG TROUBLE IN THE THIS MORNING BIG TROUBLE IN THE SKIES. SKIES. THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY TAKING A THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY TAKING A DEVASTATING HIT OVER CORONAVIRUS DEVASTATING HIT OVER CORONAVIRUS FEARS. FEARS. >> WHO KNOWS, HALF THE PEOPLE IN >> WHO KNOWS, HALF THE PEOPLE IN THERE COULD BE BREATHING IT IN. THERE COULD BE BREATHING IT IN. YOU DON’T KNOW. YOU DON’T KNOW. >> MANY AIRPORTS ACROSS THE >> MANY AIRPORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY GHOST TOWNS. COUNTRY GHOST TOWNS. PLANES LITTERED WITH EMPTY SEATS PLANES LITTERED WITH EMPTY SEATS AFTER TRAVELERS GROUND THEIR AFTER TRAVELERS GROUND THEIR TRIPS. TRIPS. >> I DID HAVE FRIENDS THAT HAVE >> I DID HAVE FRIENDS THAT HAVE JUST CANCELED A CRUISE AND THE JUST CANCELED A CRUISE AND THE AIRLINE THAT GETS THEM TO THE AIRLINE THAT GETS THEM TO THE CRUISE. CRUISE. >> THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY IS >> THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY IS FORECASTING UP TO $113 BILLION FORECASTING UP TO $113 BILLION IN LOSSES WORLDWIDE THIS YEAR. IN LOSSES WORLDWIDE THIS YEAR. AMERICAN, DELTA, UNITED AND AMERICAN, DELTA, UNITED AND JETBLUE, ALL CUTTING BACK ON JETBLUE, ALL CUTTING BACK ON U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS. U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS. UNITED SAYS EARNINGS WILL DIP UNITED SAYS EARNINGS WILL DIP INTO THE RED THIS QUARTER. INTO THE RED THIS QUARTER. SOUTHWEST CEO TELLING CNBC THE SOUTHWEST CEO TELLING CNBC THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY IS FACING IT’S AIRLINE INDUSTRY IS FACING IT’S BIGGEST THREAT TO TRAVEL SINCE BIGGEST THREAT TO TRAVEL SINCE 9/11. 9/11. >> 9/11 WASN’T AN >> 9/11 WASN’T AN ECONOMICALLY-DRIVEN ISSUE FOR ECONOMICALLY-DRIVEN ISSUE FOR TRAVEL, IT WAS MORE FEAR, QUITE TRAVEL, IT WAS MORE FEAR, QUITE FRANKLY, AND I THINK THAT’S FRANKLY, AND I THINK THAT’S REALLY WHAT’S MANIFESTED THIS REALLY WHAT’S MANIFESTED THIS TIME. TIME. >> WITH ANXIETY SPREADING LIKE A >> WITH ANXIETY SPREADING LIKE A VIRUS, TRAVELERS ARE TRYING TO VIRUS, TRAVELERS ARE TRYING TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS. TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS. >> THERE IT IS. >> THERE IT IS. >> YOU HAVE A WHOLE BAG FULL. >> YOU HAVE A WHOLE BAG FULL. WHAT DO YOU HAVE HERE? WHAT DO YOU HAVE HERE? YOU HAVE HAND WIPES. YOU HAVE HAND WIPES. YOU HAVE SANITIZER. YOU HAVE SANITIZER. >> MAJOR CARRIERS WORKING >> MAJOR CARRIERS WORKING OVERTIME TO CONVINCE PASSENGERS OVERTIME TO CONVINCE PASSENGERS THEIR PLANES ARE CLEAN. THEIR PLANES ARE CLEAN. >> THE DISINFECT ANTS — >> THE DISINFECT ANTS — >> AS DELTA AIRLINE SHOWED OFF >> AS DELTA AIRLINE SHOWED OFF FOGGING TECHNOLOGY. FOGGING TECHNOLOGY. CELA AIRLINES WHAT IT CALLS CELA AIRLINES WHAT IT CALLS ENHANCED CABIN CLEANING WITH A ENHANCED CABIN CLEANING WITH A FOCUS ON ARMRESTS, SEAT BELTS FOCUS ON ARMRESTS, SEAT BELTS AND DOOR HANDLES. AND DOOR HANDLES. ONE SILVER LINING, CHEAPER ONE SILVER LINING, CHEAPER FARES. FARES. HOPPER SAID DOMESTIC FARES HOPPER SAID DOMESTIC FARES DROPPED IN MARCH. DROPPED IN MARCH. YOU CAN NOW TRAVEL ROUND TRIP YOU CAN NOW TRAVEL ROUND TRIP FROM NEW YORK TO LOS ANGELES FOR FROM NEW YORK TO LOS ANGELES FOR $184, DOWN AND CHICAGO TO NEW $184, DOWN AND CHICAGO TO NEW ORLEANS FOR $97 ROUND TRIP, OFF ORLEANS FOR $97 ROUND TRIP, OFF 73%. 73%. DEEP SAVINGS COMING AT A STEEP DEEP SAVINGS COMING AT A STEEP COST. COST. THIS MORNING THE TSA SAYS THREE THIS MORNING THE TSA SAYS THREE SCREENERS AT THE SAN JOSE SCREENERS AT THE SAN JOSE AIRPORT HAVE COME INTO CONTACT AIRPORT HAVE COME INTO CONTACT AND CONTRACTED CORONAVIRUS. AND CONTRACTED CORONAVIRUS. SO MULTIPLE EMPLOYEES THERE THAT SO MULTIPLE EMPLOYEES THERE THAT THEY WORK WITH HAVE BEEN PUT ON THEY WORK WITH HAVE BEEN PUT ON A 14-DAY QUARANTINE. A 14-DAY QUARANTINE. BUT OF COURSE THOUSANDS OF BUT OF COURSE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, ACCORDING TO THE UNION, PEOPLE, ACCORDING TO THE UNION, HAVE COME INTO CONTACT WITH HAVE COME INTO CONTACT WITH THOSE THREE TSA EMPLOYEES WHO THOSE THREE TSA EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS. HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS. SO PERHAPS THE BEST ADVICE NOW SO PERHAPS THE BEST ADVICE NOW IS IF YOU TRAVEL THROUGH SAN IS IF YOU TRAVEL THROUGH SAN JOSE IN THE LAST WEEK OR TWO TO JOSE IN THE LAST WEEK OR TWO TO CALL YOUR STATE HEALTH CALL YOUR STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU DEPARTMENT TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU SHOULD DO. SHOULD DO. GUYS. GUYS. >> KERRY, FOR FOLKS OUT THERE >> KERRY, FOR FOLKS OUT THERE WHO MIGHT BE WORRIED ABOUT WHO MIGHT BE WORRIED ABOUT TRAVELING, POSSIBLY EVEN HAVING TRAVELING, POSSIBLY EVEN HAVING TO CANCEL A TRIP THEY HAVE TO CANCEL A TRIP THEY HAVE ALREADY BOOKED, SHOULD THEY BUY ALREADY BOOKED, SHOULD THEY BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE? TRAVEL INSURANCE? >> YOU CAN BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE >> YOU CAN BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE BUT IT’S A LITTLE TRICKY. BUT IT’S A LITTLE TRICKY. CONGRESS IS POINTING OUT HERE CONGRESS IS POINTING OUT HERE THAT IF YOU GUY TRAVEL INSURANCE THAT IF YOU GUY TRAVEL INSURANCE AND YOU RECOGNIZE THAT THAT AND YOU RECOGNIZE THAT THAT TRAVEL INSURANCE IS FOR A TRAVEL INSURANCE IS FOR A SITUATION THAT DEVELOPED THAT SITUATION THAT DEVELOPED THAT YOU WERE UNKNOWINGLY GOING TO YOU WERE UNKNOWINGLY GOING TO RUN INTO THEN YOU’D BE COVERED. RUN INTO THEN YOU’D BE COVERED. CORONAVIRUS HAS BEEN OUT THERE CORONAVIRUS HAS BEEN OUT THERE FOR A WHILE, SO YOU HAVE TO LOOK FOR A WHILE, SO YOU HAVE TO LOOK VERY CLOSELY AND GET A POLICY VERY CLOSELY AND GET A POLICY THAT SAYS CANCEL AT ANY COST. THAT SAYS CANCEL AT ANY COST. CANCEL FOR ANY REASON. CANCEL FOR ANY REASON. THE PROBLEM IS IT’S REALLY HARD THE PROBLEM IS IT’S REALLY HARD TO GET THAT INSURANCE BECAUSE OF TO GET THAT INSURANCE BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS. CORONAVIRUS. SO AGAIN, CANCEL FOR ANY REASON. SO AGAIN, CANCEL FOR ANY REASON. THAT’S THE FINE PRINT YOU HAVE

The coronavirus outbreak is impacting American life in many ways, with airlines hit especially hard by cancelled flights and empty seats. The airline industry in projecting billions of dollars in losses this year. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports for TODAY from the normally bustling airport in Orlando, Florida.

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