MSP Airport Now Screening International Travelers for Coronavirus
If you plan on traveling soon, especially internationally, know that this is happening at MSP.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is now among 20 other airports across the country that will be screening international travelers for coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control originally only had screening stations at five international airports, but are now adding 15 more to the list.
MSP doesn't have any direct flights to China, but Delta does have direct routes to Tokyo, Japan, and Seoul, South Korea, and Minnesota is one of Delta's largest hubs for connecting domestic flights.
Even though this new screening is set up at MSP, American's have been told not to worry for their health. There have only been 5 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, and they have all been from people who traveled to Wuhan, China where this initially broke out. The two suspected cases in Minnesota that were sent to the CDC came back negative.
This isn't as scary as people think, but it is good that airports are using caution with it and doing what they can to safeguard traveler's health.
I am heading on a trip to Las Vegas in a couple weeks, and I worry about getting sick myself, even with just the common cold. Travel pro tip: I bring a mini pack of Clorox wipes with me in my carry on to quickly wipe down surfaces I touch. Even if it doesn't kill all the bacteria it just makes me feel a little more at ease.