NewsLocal News / March 17, 2020

Hoosier Traveler Says Screenings Created Chaos After Return From International Trip

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Hoosier Traveler Says Screenings Created Chaos After Return From International Trip

Liz Manasek and her husband returned to the U.S. Saturday after a trip to Iceland. She says the lines at O'Hare International Airport were chaos.

Provided by Liz Manasek

The federal government abruptly put updated travel screenings in place over the weekend to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. One central Indiana woman who flew through O’Hare says they may have made the spread worse.

Liz Manasek and her husband returned to the U.S. Saturday after a trip to Iceland. When they arrived in Chicago before a connection to Indianapolis, she says, it was chaos.

"There are people all over the place, and I start to get increasingly concerned that we are standing there,” she says.

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Manasek says they stood in a customs line for hours packed in with others returning from around the world. Then they went to a second line to get their temperature taken. She says it was crowded, with very little guidance and there appeared to be no sanitary precautions. 

"If we get sick, we did not pick up the coronavirus in Iceland,” Manasek says. “We picked up the coronavirus in O’Hare International Airport with a thousand other people. That is where I am going to tell you we picked up the coronavirus.”

Manasek does not believe the airport was prepared for the influx of returning travelers. Federal officials say the situation was unacceptable, but has improved. Manasek and her husband must quarantine for 14 days. So far, they have no symptoms of COVID-19.

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