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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Waters Calls for Review of Ebola Protocols at LAX

October 20, 2014
Press Release

 

Waters Calls for Review of Ebola Protocols at LAX

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – Citing concerns from airport police officers, flight attendants, nurses and many others, a senior congresswoman representing Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has called for a meeting to review the current procedures being undertaken to screen passengers for – and respond to – a potential incident involving the Ebola virus.

 

In a letter to Gina Marie Lindsey, Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), who represents the district that includes LAX, requested a meeting with "officials responsible for the development and implementation of Ebola screening and response protocols at LAX." Specifically, Waters called for a meeting with Lindsey and the proper officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Waters noted she will also invite the mayors of the cities surrounding LAX as well as other key stakeholders.

 

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is a City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates a system of three airports, including LAX.

 

Waters wrote, "[T]here is growing concern in the community about the threat that Ebola poses to public health.  Organizations representing diverse constituencies such as airport police officers, flight attendants and nurses have contacted my office to express their concerns. Given the potential for the spread of Ebola through air travel, it is critical that officials in the community surrounding LAX understand the procedures that are being followed at LAX to protect passengers, employees, and the community."

 

The text of the letter can be found below.

 

 

 

Ms. Gina Marie Lindsey

Executive Director

Los Angeles World Airports

1 World Way

Los Angeles, CA 90045

 

Dear Ms. Lindsey

 

I write to request a meeting to discuss Ebola screening and response protocols at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

 

There is growing concern in the community about the threat that Ebola poses to public health.  Organizations representing diverse constituencies such as airport police officers, flight attendants and nurses have contacted my office to express their concerns. Given the potential for the spread of Ebola through air travel, it is critical that officials in the community surrounding LAX understand the procedures that are being followed at LAX to protect passengers, employees, and the community. 

 

I therefore request a meeting to review the current procedures being undertaken at LAX to screen passengers for Ebola and to respond in the event that an infected passenger is identified. The meeting should include officials responsible for the development and implementation of Ebola screening and response protocols at LAX, including yourself and appropriate officials representing Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is my intention to invite the mayors of the cities surrounding LAX as well as representatives of key LAX stakeholders.

 

As you know, LAX plays a critical role in our local and national economy and serves as a popular destination or transfer point for millions of domestic and international travelers. It is crucial that we work together to effectively screen passengers for Ebola and protect public health, while ensuring that LAX can continue to be a safe and welcoming destination for travelers from around the world.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Maxine Waters

Member of Congress

 

 

cc:       The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security

            The Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services

            R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection

            Dr. Tom Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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