- Government had funneled high-risk entrants to 15 U.S. airports
- Move comes as carriers seek new virus testing to boost travel
The U.S. government is ending Covid-19 screening of international travelers arriving at airports as airlines seek new ways to more aggressively test for the virus to boost anemic traffic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is ending its program that directed all flights from high-risk areas to 15 U.S. airports. The system was deemed ineffective because so many people who transmit the disease don’t show symptoms, the CDC said.
The government will now focus more on voluntary measures, such as educating passengers and requesting contact information electronically. The health screening will end on Sept. 14.
“We now have a better understanding of Covid-19 transmission that indicates symptom-based screening has limited effectiveness,” the agency said in a news release Wednesday.