4 Frequently Asked Questions About Travel After EgyptAir, Brussels, and Paris Terror Attacks

What You Need to Know to Be Safe in the Air and on the Ground

The temporary entrance to departures at Brussels Airport

The temporary entrance to departures at Brussels Airport

By Paul Riegler on 24 May 2016
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Recent world events, most recently the possibility of terrorism having caused the crash of the EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo last week barely eight weeks after deadly terror attacks at Brussels Airport and a metro station that killed 35 people and injured hundreds, as well as the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, have had an impact on travel across the globe.

Travelers are clearly concerned about the specter of another attack but there is no proof that staying home is safer than journeying abroad. FBT has been bombarded by reader questions about their plans and here’s what you need to know.

1.) Are there specific destinations, such as Brussels, Paris, or Egypt, that I should avoid due to the likelihood of another terror attack?

Terrorism in Europe and the Middle East is nothing new and visitors to those regions should take precautions. There is no reason not to visit Belgium or France at the present time although the jury is still out where Egypt is concerned.

Brussels, which has a sizeable and poorly integrated Muslim minority, suffered waves of terrorism in the 1980s and 1990s linked to unrest in the Middle East while, in the first half of the past decade, bombs exploded in public areas in London and Madrid.

In France, given the presence of the French Open, which is currently under way, the UEFA European Championship, which takes place for one month starting June 10, and the Tour de France, which starts July 2, are as much a target for extremists as the Boston Marathon was in 2013.

2.) How safe is air travel today?

Flying is one of the safest modes of transportation today. In 2015, 3.5 billion people flew and there was only one act of terrorism – a bomb placed on board Metrojet Flight 9268 that brought down the plane over the Sinai – and one intentional crash, Germanwings 9525, a pilot suicide.

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