All five hubs had already established “enhanced screening and additional resources” for extra screening of passengers believed to have come from Ebola-stricken areas, according to DHS.
The five airports where certain passengers will now be required to arrive in the United States account for about 94 percent of travelers flying into the country from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to Johnson.
Johnson said his department is “working closely” with airlines to implement the new travel restrictions and minimize “travel disruption,” but he said any passengers who need to rebook their travel should contact the airlines directly.
A top lawmaker from New York, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer, called the move “a good and effective step towards tightening the net and further protecting our citizens, saying in a statement that it “provides an added layer of protection against Ebola entering our country."
The new restrictions come one day after Johnson spoke with Customs and Border Protection officers serving at the five airports.
“I reminded our CBP officers to be vigilant in their efforts, and encouraged them to set a calm example for an American public nervous about Ebola,” Johnson said.