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Chaos at U.S. airports as travelers return from Europe

U.S. travelers flying back from Europe were greeted with snaking lines and hours-long waits at major airports as expanded coronavirus screenings required by the government’s new European travel restrictions took effect this weekend.

The restrictions ban Europeans from flying to the United States for 30 days and require U.S. travelers to be screened upon arrival at 13 U.S. airports.

Travelers at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, New York JFK and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport took to social media to complain about the waits, with many worried that the logjam wasn’t helping stop the spread of the coronavirus.

College student Brandon Mach, who was flying back Saturday from Madrid, said he waited more than four hoursto clear U.S. Customs and Border Protection and go through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention screening at O’Hare. The Michigan resident said he landed at 4 p.m. and didn’t leave until nearly 9 p.m., until his temperature was checked and he was asked a few questions.

“What better way to ‘avoid large gatherings,’ ” he tweeted.

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