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Obama Addresses Idea of Travel Ban Amid Ebola Crisis — Here’s Why He Doesn’t Think It’s a Good Idea | Ebola Videos

Obama Addresses Idea of Travel Ban Amid Ebola Crisis — Here’s Why He Doesn’t Think It’s a Good Idea

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Obama Addresses Ebola Travel Ban
From the Oval Office, President Obama talks about the importance of confront Ebola at the source in Africa and explains why he is not implementing a travel ban.
Obama Addresses Idea of Travel Ban Amid Ebola Crisis — Here’s Why He Doesn’t Think It’s a Good Idea
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President Barack Obama addressed the idea of implementing a travel ban to West Africa amid the Ebola crisis during a press briefing Thursday evening, contending that current protocols in place are more effective at protecting Americans.

“I don’t have a philosophical objection necessarily to a travel ban…”

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“I don’t have a philosophical objection necessarily to a travel ban if that is the thing that is going to keep the American people safe,” Obama said. “The problem is that in all the discussions I’ve had, thus far, with experts in the field … is that a travel ban is less effective than the measures we are currently instituting.”

US President Barack Obama pauses while making a statement for the press after a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House October 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama met with advisors to discus the federal governments response to the Ebola cases in the US. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama noted current protocols call for passengers to be screened when they leave West Africa and when they arrive in the U.S. Other measures require passengers to have their temperatures taken and for government officials to keep records of all passengers flying to affected countries.

“If we institute a travel ban instead of the protocols we put into place now, history shows that there is a likelihood of increased avoidance,” the president said. “People do not readily disclose their information, they may engage in something called broken travel — essentially breaking up their trip so that they can hide the fact they have been to one of these countries were the disease is in place.

“And as a result, we may end up getting less information about who has the disease, they are less likely to get treated properly, screened properly, quarantined properly, and as a consequence we may end up having more cases rather than less,” Obama added.

The president noted that he is in continual talks with his advisors on how to best handle the situation, but stressed that he doesn’t think a “flat out travel ban” is the best strategy to protect Americans.


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W. Scott says:

I say close the borders. Temporarily restrict travel in and out of the country until we get control of the Ebola situation. Giving out Ebola questionnaires doesn't seem like an effective measure of preventing the spread of the disease, even though the lawyers may say it is.

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