MAH4546: I believe the new U.S. VISIT program's restrictions apply to all foreign visitors, including Western Europeans, so my argument that travellers from Latin America to Europe and viceversa will avoid stopping and/or connecting in the U.S. stands.
No, it does not. Nationals of 29 countries are exempt under the new US-VISIT programme. They are:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.
As well, residents of those nation's territories/possessions are also exempt. These includes residents of French Guyana, Tahiti, the UK Virgin Islands, the Netherland Antillies, and Greenland, to name some.
The majority of the traffic is heading from those destinations, and in even bigger majority of the higher yielding traffic is heading from those destinations.
[Edited 2004-01-12 07:49:22]