China travel ban

Flying from China? You’ll now be routed through one of these airports. And maybe quarantined.

The World Health Organization is trying to educate the public about the coronavirus and precautions to take to avoid getting it while traveling.

Meanwhile, airlines and the Department of Homeland Security are taking few chances.

Many U.S. and international airlines have already canceled flights to and from China and Hong Kong.

And on Sunday, DHS issued a notice that limits the airports that can accept anyone traveling from China or who has traveled to China within the last 14 days.

“Americans flying to the United States from China will be re-routed to the following airports at no cost to the traveler,” DHS announced.

On Sunday evening these airports were on the list:

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia

DHS said is adding three airports to the list on Monday: Newark-Liberty (EWR), Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) and Detroit Metropolitan (DTW).

“At these eleven airports, the United States Government has established enhanced screening procedures and the capacity to quarantine passengers, if needed,” DHS stated.

DHS says the overall risk to the American public remains low. But it says “funneling all flights with passengers who have recently been in China is the most important and prudent step we can take at this time to decrease the strain.”

Also: DHS announced that it will quarantine for 14 days any U.S. citizens who have been in Hubei province within 14 days of their return. Wuhan, the hot center of virus cases, is in Hubei province.

In another major move, DHS said “foreign nationals (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and flight crew) who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival, will now be denied entry into the United States.