International travelers complain about haphazard coronavirus screenings at LAX

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People walk up the ramp, exiting the secure area at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX in this undated photo. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

People walk up the ramp, exiting the secure area at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX in this undated photo. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

As thousands continue to pour into LAX, many international travelers have complained about haphazard health screenings, being required to stand or sit near others who have returned from countries with known outbreaks of the coronavirus, or not being screened at all.

Travelers who were identified as high-risk by the White House but were not screened have taken to social media to decry the process, expressing alarm over the fact that they were so easily able to slip through the cracks amid an extraordinary global health crisis.

Kitty Horowitz said she and her husband also weren’t screened when they arrived at LAX from London on Sunday. The couple had been vacationing in Europe since late February, and had visited Austria and Germany — both on the list of countries that fell under Trump’s order.

Horowitz said they were given a form on the plane asking whether they had traveled through the Schengen Area of Europe, where the coronavirus has quickly spread. Several people sitting near them on the plane were coughing.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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