Ebola screening measures rest on federal law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public health experts say the Obama administration’s plan to screen certain airline passengers for Ebola exposure is based on long-established legal authority.

They say any efforts to challenge the screening efforts in court would almost certainly fail.

Airline passengers arriving from three West African countries will face temperature checks and other screening measures at five U.S. airports, starting with New York’s Kennedy International on Saturday.

The measures are aimed at identifying sickly passengers from countries experiencing the Ebola outbreak. They’ll expand over the next week to Newark Liberty, Washington Dulles, Chicago’s O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta international airports.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cite as legal authority the Constitution. The Public Health Service Act also allows the government to act to prevent communicable diseases from spreading into the country.

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