- Title: Some Americans unfazed by Trump's travel restrictions
- Date: 12th March 2020
- Summary: DULLES, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES (MARCH 12, 2020) (REUTERS) WIDE OF TRAVELERS CHECKING IN AT DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TIGHT SHOT OF TRAVELER WEARING FACE MASK TRAVELER BENJAMIN HALL WALKING WITH SUITCASES TOWARD CHECK-IN COUNTER (SOUNDBITE) (English) BENJAMIN HALL, TRAVELER DEPARTING FOR EUROPE, SAYING: "You know, I just saw this last night - the address - while I was packing my suitcase, so I didn't really know, is everything canceled? Do I have to stop? But the exception of allowing Americans back in, you know, obviously makes it possible for me to go. The trip back though is a little bit uncertain. I'm not sure if if the U.S. government is going to help people get back, or do we have to sort of get our own flights back? What does the quarantine entail exactly? Is that self quarantining or is that where they put you in a room for a few days and give you some medical tests? I'm not really sure. And I'm hoping all of those details will come out - come out soon. (Reporter: 'So you're still going to go?') I'm still going to go. Yeah." HALL WALKING AWAY WITH SUITCASES MEDIUM SHOT TRAVELERS CHECKING-IN (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIRIAM PETERS, TRAVELER DEPARTING FOR FLORIDA, SAYING: "But you can't worry. I don't worry. Whatever's going to happen - I can't stop traveling. We're not not going to Florida. See what happens. If I know somebody's sick I just won't be around them." PETERS WALKING TOWARD SECURITY CHECKPOINT WITH HER MOTHER WIDE SHOT OF TRAVELERS INSIDE AIRPORT (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHRISTOPHER KIRKEY, TRAVELER DEPARTING FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK, SAYING: "Well, I think it's prudent and it's reasonable given the circumstances. I know my place of employment - I work for the state in New York - and we've essentially restricted all international travel and only sanctioning domestic travel on a case by case basis. I think we need to realize how dangerous this particular strain of the flu is and we need to take these actions, yes." KIRKEY WALKING AWAY WITH SUITCASES TOWARD SECURITY CHECKPOINT
- Keywords: Washington Dulles International Airport coronavirus travelers from Europe
- Reuters ID: LVA001C4R07D3
- Location: DULLES, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES
- City: DULLES, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Duration: 00:02:16
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Travelers at Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Thursday (March 12) were unfazed by sweeping new travel restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus.
President Donald Trump's 30-day travel order prevents citizens of 26 European countries from entering the United Sates but excludes Britain and Ireland as well as American citizens. It takes effect from midnight on Friday.
Benjamin Hall heard about the travel ban as he was packing his suitcase Wednesday night for a business trip to Brussels and decided to proceed as planned.
"The trip back though is a little bit uncertain," he said. "I'm not sure if the U.S. government is going to help people get back, or do we have to sort of get our own flights back? What does the quarantine entail exactly...I'm hoping all of those details will come out soon."
Another traveler, who was en route to Miami with her mother, said she was not at all worried about coronavirus.
"I can't stop traveling," said Miriam Peters. "If I know somebody's sick I just won't be around them."
Christopher Kirkey, who was headed home to upstate New York, said he supports Trump's decision to restrict travel from Europe.
"I think it's prudent and it's reasonable given the circumstances," he said. "I think we need to realize how dangerous this particular strain of the flu is."
(Production: Liza Feria, Gershon Peaks, Vanessa Johnston)
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