According to this survey 58% of Americans think there should be a travel ban on flights from countries where the Ebola has broken out. The survey doesn't make clear what a travel ban would mean, but assuming the USA has no power to ban flights that don't start or end in the USA, how many direct flights are there to the USA from the only countries currently experiencing widespread transmission: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea?

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    To the best of my knowledge there are none.
    – Karlson
    Oct 9, 2014 at 12:13
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is (a) about current events, and any answer will be outdated very soon, and (b) it's purely speculative, not meant to address anyone's real travel issue. If someone is concerned about traveling to/from a country with Ebola, a specific question about that could be asked.
    – Flimzy
    Oct 9, 2014 at 16:05
  • a) We've had plenty of current event questions (riots in Egypt), and b) there's plenty of CDC, WHO and US State Department documented concepts of travel ban possibilities.
    – Mark Mayo
    Oct 10, 2014 at 0:35

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A quick search from the capitals of the three countries to NYC or MIA shows no direct flights. Almost all of them stop in Morocco or somewhere in Europe, before continuing on to the US.

However, and ignoring how effective a travel ban may or may not be on stopping Ebola, what it would consist of is written up quite well in this National Geographic article. It would prevent travellers symptomatic who have been in those countries from being allowed to travel to the United States.

Of course, symptoms take 2-21 days to appear (same article)....so again, it may not be as effective as hoped.

  • Skyscanner does it one better: skyscanner.com/transport/flights/us/sl/…
    – Karlson
    Oct 9, 2014 at 12:26
  • The survey specifically asked about a "travel ban on flights from countries where the Ebola virus has broken out" which is different than the travel ban discussed in the National Geographic article which would keep out travelers from those countries.
    – user27478
    Oct 9, 2014 at 12:45
  • Eh? It repeatedly talks about 'travel from Liberia etc' (sub-headline) and 'travel from the Ebola zone' - ie flights from countries where Ebola has broken out. Am I missing something?
    – Mark Mayo
    Oct 9, 2014 at 12:47
  • @MarkMayo That was sort of the point of my question. As well as this survey, I've seen lots of comments online about banning flights from these countries--just look at the comments section at the bottom of the National Geographic article. The reality is that there are no direct flights to the USA from these countries so there are no flights to "ban". A travel ban on travelers from these countries could be possible though.
    – user27478
    Oct 9, 2014 at 13:02
  • I'm pretty sure they mean travel. So if you've travelled from, say, Liberia to Morocco, and then try and board a flight to the US, they'd stop you travelling. Like when I have a 'flight' from Christchurch to London even though it's 3+ stops.
    – Mark Mayo
    Oct 9, 2014 at 13:04

There are no direct flights from those 3 countries.

There are direct flights from Senegal and Nigeria, and these 2 countries have had a few cases of Ebola, but they are all of people who were in contact with people who've come from the 3 outbreak countries, the transmission is under control, and it's not spreading in the general population.

Source: http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/ban-flights-countries-ebola-outbreaks

The fact is, U.S. airlines don’t fly to the countries with ongoing Ebola outbreaks. Delta used to fly to Monrovia, but stopped in August. Today, only Delta and United offer direct, nonstop service between the U.S. and West Africa, according to Airlines for America, a trade group for U.S. airlines—Delta to Lagos, Accra, and Dakar, and United to Lagos alone.

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