Report: Brussels Airport Did 'No Screening' of Flight From Liberia

Report: Brussels Airport Did 'No Screening' of Flight From Liberia

Biosafety expert and President of Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions, Sean Kaufman, reported that when he flew back from Liberia after working with Samaritan’s Purse, the airport in Brussels, Belgium, did “absolutely no screening” of him after he arrived in the airport on a flight from Liberia during an interview on Saturday’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine” on the Fox News Channel.

Kaufman, who oversaw infection control for Ebola patients at Emory University, said “when I did arrive in Atlanta-Hartsfield, I was screened by several folks and the screening process took about 45 minutes and was very thorough.”  He added that “when we left Monrovia and took a six-hour flight to Brussels, there was absolutely no screening in Brussels. We spent about ten hours in Brussels and flew out of Brussels Airport. There was absolutely, again, no screening whatsoever in Brussels. So we could very well be coming to the states with potential fever, but I would be very satisfied in Atlanta that they would have picked it up had I had any type of fever.”

Kaufman further argued, that he “absolutely,” could have infected passengers on his flight from Brussels to Atlanta, “if I was feeling really sick, and being very irresponsible.”

Kaufman also reported that after he reached out to the CDC about potential problems with their protocols, they blew him off.

At the end of the interview, he was asked about his thoughts on a travel ban, and he responded “I was against it. I’m now starting to say, if there’s unnecessary travel, that needs to be taking place, I would probably say, with what I experienced today in Brussels, there was no screening. I would lean towards a travel ban.”

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