Based on past terrorist attacks on Paris, London, Madrid and now Brussels, most travelers continue with their plans. Rose White is the public relations director for AAA – Nebraska and says, “We do in some cases but really nothing significant. The airlines are accommodating travelers who do have concerns so that is good news. Right now government officials are not saying Americans should avoid travel to Europe. Officials are encouraging travelers to be extra careful and have a heightened sense of awareness.”
White says those extra precautions include carrying your passport at all times. Stay alert and don’t wander off alone. She says it is very easy to adopt a care free vacation mindset when you are traveling and forget about your personal safety but now is the time to be extra alert to dangers.
White says it may be very difficult for travelers if they had plans arrive in Brussels in the next few days. The airport is closed and ground transportation is down. She says that is why they also encourage travelers to purchase insurance. Most allow travelers to cancel their trip if there is a terrorist event within 30 days of their travel date.
White also recommends logging onto travel.state.gov. She says, “This is the state travel site that provides a wealth of information, warnings and advisories. One tool available is registration for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Here a traveler can register and supply their cell number. That way the U-S Embassy will be able to keep them alert to any emergency situations and communicate to them through text messaging any important advisories. The U-S Embassy can also help travelers keep in contact with family members back in the states.