International arrivals at US airports were thrown into chaos Saturday night as the Trump administration’s poorly arranged coronavirus screenings began for travelers returning from Europe.
Angry tweets pointed the blame at Trump officials for causing the massive lines pushing tens of thousands of people close together for hours - the exact opposite of the recommended social distancing for stopping the spread of coronavirus.
WE ARE BACK IN THE COUNTRY. AND AT THIS MOMENT, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ARRIVING FROM NUMEROUS COUNTRIES ARE JAMMED TOG… https://t.co/DqclrK4tWJ— Tracy Sefl (@Tracy Sefl)1584233463.0
Paige Hardy, an American student who left behind her graduate studies in London because she feared a broader travel ban, said a series of confusing announcements in the air and upon landing in Dallas led to alarm on the plane late Saturday. She posted a video on Twitter of travelers being asked to raise their hands if they had been in mainland Europe. Because of the delay, she also missed her connecting flight.
“It truly felt like an apocalyptic scenario,” said Hardy, who left many of her belongings in England and was unsure if she would be able to return.
#BREAKING: Passengers stuck in long lines for immigration at @DFWAirport tell us there are no offers of hand saniti… https://t.co/liJx6yBrXe— Jason Whitely (@Jason Whitely)1584232362.0
Exactly right: it’s crucial that Biden condemned Trump’s xenophobic fearmongering and his disdain for facts, scien… https://t.co/GP4jAE3rZe— apc (@apc)1584278979.0
Stephen Miller, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump created *precisely* the infectious disease Petri dish they claimed t… https://t.co/vrPfvwLIeN— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1584238808.0
This is unacceptable. The reactionary, poorly planned travel ban has left thousands of travelers at ORD forced into… https://t.co/mYsouGHcir— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@Mayor Lori Lightfoot)1584242051.0
The federal government needs to get its s@#t together. NOW.— Governor JB Pritzker (@Governor JB Pritzker)1584240609.0
My son landed at O’Hare after an abrupt end to study abroad. He’s been standing in this pack of people for an hour… https://t.co/4TEfQPn0n8— Dr. Christina Clancy (@Dr. Christina Clancy)1584234938.0