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Passengers walk through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. AP photo Passengers walk through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. AP photo

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department is requiring that anyone coming to the United States from one of three West African countries reporting an Ebola outbreak must enter the country through one of five airports screening passengers for the deadly disease.

Customs and Border Protection officers earlier this month started screening passengers from West Africa who arrived at:

  • New York Kennedy
  • Newark Liberty
  • Washington Dulles
  • Chicago O'Hare
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta

There are no direct flights from West Africa to the United States and about 94 percent of the estimated 150 daily passengers from the region pass through those five airports.

The new requirement means that people traveling from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea who were not originally passing through one of those five airports will have to rebook their flights.

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