Difference between Taiwan, US screening of passengers like ‘twilight zone’: Student

College student says Taiwan's handling of air passengers during coronavirus outbreak far more organized than US

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/03/16
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taoyuan MRT station. (Facebook, Jeffrey Chen photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese college student on Monday said that the contrast between Taiwan's screening of passengers for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) and that of the U.S. was like the "twilight zone."

Jeffery Chen, a 22-year-old aerospace engineering student who studies in Prescott, Arizona, on Monday elaborated on how much more systematic and efficient Taiwan's epidemic prevention operations are than the U.S.'s. On his Facebook page, Chen listed a myriad of measures Taiwan has implemented to try to screen passengers for the disease and protect those who are not infected.

Chen 'told Taiwan News that his university is canceling face-to-face classes and moving them online until at least April. He said that he decided to go back to Taiwan because he was "not confident about the US's ability to control the situation."

Chen said that the premium economy section on China Airlines was half empty. Likewise, the economy and business sections did not appear to be filled to capacity, passengers boarded rather quickly, and the plane departed ahead of schedule.    [FULL  STORY]

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