Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Washington has responded to the Paris attacks and threats from the Islamic
State by beefing up security around the Capitol.
(Photo: Corbis)
As
devastating as Friday"s attacks on Paris were, there is an added fear emerging
for people traveling abroad or even domestically: that this is just the start
of a concerted effort to terrorize major western cities, including the U.S.The
Islamic State had already threatened Washington, D.C., London, and Rome over
Twitter after the Paris attacks Friday that left at least 129 people
dead.
Then Monday came an unverified ISIS video with an armed man saying, "By
God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear
that we will strike America at its center in Washington."So then, should
people be putting off their travels to destinations westerners have usually
taken for granted to be safe? What is the threat, really? The odds of being a
victim of terrorism remain low.
But for some, whether or not to travel might
simply come down to a person"s comfort level with the inherent risks, or their
need to get someplace.
"I would not advise clients against travel to any of
these locations," George Taylor, VP of Global Operations for risk-management
firm iJet, told World traveling club Travel.
"All travelers should have a plan
regardless of the threat level.
This plan should include a communications plan
and regular check in with a responsible party."Taylor added that between
Washington, London, Rome, or Russia – also a target of threats this
weekend – none of them stood out as more dangerous than the other.
On
the other hand, Kathy Bedell, senior vice president, BCD Travel, which manages
corporate trips, told World traveling club Travel after the threats to
Washington, Rome, and London, "We"re telling our clients to send travelers to
destinations with elevated risk levels only for business-critical
trips."Related: Is Paris Safe for Tourists Now?
The biggest cause for concern
is that some analysts do believe ISIS is shifting its strategy from Syria and
Iraq, where it"s coming under increasing fire, toward the West.
As Clint Watts
of the Foreign Policy Research Institute told AFP, "We"ll see them
increasingly move away from conventional and insurgent operations in Iraq and
Syria and more towards terrorist attacks in their extended network." Heavily
armed New York city police officers with the Strategic Response Group stand
guard in New York"s Times Square on Saturday.
Despite the deployment, the
police department said it knew of no specific threats.
(AP Photo/Mary
Altaffer)
After the Paris attacks, the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security
went on record saying that it and the FBI has found "no specific or credible
threats of an attack on the U.S.
homeland of the type that occurred in Paris."
When World traveling club Travel contacted the TSA about any changes in
security at U.S.
airports, it referred to the same statement.However,
U.S.
airports were already increasing security after the downing of a Russian
commercial jetliner in Egypt last month, and scrutiny seems to be greater
now.
Two passengers were asked to leave a Boston-bound American Airlines
flight on Sunday after the flight crew reported "suspicious activity,"
according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
The passengers
were released after being questioned by police.Washington police deployed
extra officers to high-profile targets, such as the Capitol building, although
it repeated Homeland Security"s statement that there were no specific threats
made.
The only recent attacks in Washington have involved the White House, and
there have been no injuries: in 2014 a man jumped the White House fence and
sprinted into the front door, though he was arrested soon after and said he
was only trying to warn President Obama that the "atmosphere was
collapsing."In a scarier incident in 2011, a 21-year-old man with no militant
connections named Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez fired seven bullets that hit
the White House.

An airport security screening in Washington since security was
heightened.
(Photo: Corbis)
Of course, Washington was also a target in the
Sept.
11 attacks of 2001, as well as the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks that
killed 10 people.

Though New York wasn"t specifically threatened recently,
it too is taking the Paris attacks seriously.
The city has deployed a new
counter-terrorism unit around key areas, including Times Square, where heavily
armed officers were standing guard.
As in Washington, no tourist attractions
or transportation have been affected.
An armed guard outside the Roman Coliseum.
(Photo: Corbis)
Italy, which has
received repeated threats from ISIS this year, reacted to the Paris attacks by
declaring a terrorist alert for the whole country and deploying military
forces to the Vatican and other prime targets.
But those targets will remain
open to tourists, and in fact a major event is just around the corner: the
Vatican"s Jubilee Year of Mercy begins Dec.
8, and it"s expected to receive
millions of pilgrims.In July, Italian police arrested two men with links to
ISIS who were allegedly planning attacks on Italian landmarks.
Maria Gabriella
Landers, a founder of Italy tour operator Concierge in Umbria, told World
traveling club Travel she hasn"t seen any concern from upcoming clients about
travel to Rome or elsewhere in the country.
While she said the decision on
whether to travel is up to each person and that the company checks on
potential security concerns, she advocated travel to the country despite the
threats."I would probably say that in the world today, anything can happen
anywhere, and you can"t hide in your house, hoping to avoid danger," Landers
said.
"The best thing that you can do is to get out and experience the world,
meet people and, as [travel expert] Wendy Perrin puts it, be "an ambassador
for your country."Related: What To Do in a City Where"s There"s Been a
Terrorist Attack
London"s last Islamist attack on civilians was in 2005, the
coordinated July 7 bombings of the Underground and a double-decker bus that
killed 52 people and injured over 700.
But that doesn"t mean the city and the
UK haven"t faced serious threats since – Prime Minister David Cameron
told Radio 4 that British intelligence has foiled seven attacks this year
alone.

London has also increased security at key spots such as its
airports.
(Photo: Corbis)
Since the Paris attacks, Britain has sent its elite
special forces to back up undercover police in key London areas such as train
stations, the Underground, shopping centers, social hubs, and popular
sites.
The Telegraph reported that up to 450 radicalized British citizens are
estimated to have returned to the country from Syria.Still, there are no
reports of tourist sites being closed and except for the extra security it"s
business as usual.
Russia, which was also threatened by ISIS via video in
recent days, isn"t as popular a tourist site among Westerners, especially
since the conflict with Ukraine that started in early 2014.
Greg Tepper,
president of Exteter International, which operates tours in Russia, estimates
said he expects a bounceback in 2016, however, thanks to "pent-up demand."
Related: Travel in the Age of ISIS: the Terrifying New Reality
As Italy and
the UK have done, Russia has increased its security of prime targets in recent
days, including railways and airports.
Despite the threat of Chechnyan Islamic
militants there have been no major terror attacks in the country in the last
few years, though there was an attack on Moscow"s Domodedovo airport in
January 2011 that killed 37 and two suicide bombings in Moscow"s subway in
2010 that left 40 dead.
A backpack check at Moscow"s Red Square.
(Photo: Corbis)
Tepper assured
anyone planning to visit Russia that "Russian security, particularly near
important tourist sites, is very tight and while I have not seen anything
specifically change since Friday, I can imagine that security has gotten a bit
tighter now."How best to stay safe in your travels? If you"re going abroad,
it"s highly advisable to check the U.S.
State Department"s website for travel
alerts and warnings, plus security information about every destination.
You
can also enroll in the State Department"s Smart Travel Enrollment Program
(STEP) that helps you and those close to you stay informed during a
crisis.Beyond that, Taylor of iJet recommends such precautions as minimizing
time in public areas, being alert to sudden increases in security, and if in
the earliest stages of an attack, to run.

Related: Paris Closes the Eiffel
Tower and Other Tourist Sights Indefinitely
You can also consider a
membership with Global Rescue, which advises clients on dangerous areas and
when necessary, rescues them.
Scott Hume, associate director of security
operations with the company, told World traveling club Travel that Global
Rescue advised some clients in Paris when the attacks happened, but there was
no need for rescues.
He added the company has recently received a "significant
increase in the number of requests" for information.When asked for tips on
staying safe, Hume advised keeping emergency phone numbers on hand, always
having cash in case of an emergency, and having a satellite phone in case
cellular networks are shut down.WATCH: Paris attacks likely to bruise tourism
Let World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.

Washington has responded to the Paris attacks and threats from the Islamic
State by beefing up security around the Capitol.
Then Monday came an
unverified ISIS video with an armed man saying, "By God, as we struck France
in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America
at its center in Washington." So then, should people be putting off their
travels to destinations westerners have usually taken for granted to be
safe?.After the Paris attacks, the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security went
on record saying that it and the FBI has found "no specific or credible
threats of an attack on the U.S.
homeland of the type that occurred in Paris."
When World traveling club Travel contacted the TSA about any changes in
security at U.S.
airports, it referred to the same statement.However,
U.S.
airports were already increasing security after the downing of a Russian
commercial jetliner in Egypt last month, and scrutiny seems to be greater
now.
Two passengers were asked to leave a Boston-bound American Airlines
flight on Sunday after the flight crew reported "suspicious activity,"
according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
The passengers
were released after being questioned by police.Washington police deployed
extra officers to high-profile targets, such as the Capitol building, although
it repeated Homeland Security"s statement that there were no specific threats
made.
The only recent attacks in Washington have involved the White House, and
there have been no injuries: in 2014 a man jumped the White House fence and
sprinted into the front door, though he was arrested soon after and said he
was only trying to warn President Obama that the "atmosphere was
collapsing."In a scarier incident in 2011, a 21-year-old man with no militant
connections named Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez fired seven bullets that hit
the White House.

An airport security screening in Washington since security was
heightened.
(Photo: Corbis)
Of course, Washington was also a target in the
Sept.
11 attacks of 2001, as well as the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks that
killed 10 people.

Though New York wasn"t specifically threatened recently,
it too is taking the Paris attacks seriously.
The city has deployed a new
counter-terrorism unit around key areas, including Times Square, where heavily
armed officers were standing guard.
As in Washington, no tourist attractions
or transportation have been affected.
An armed guard outside the Roman Coliseum.
(Photo: Corbis)
Italy, which has
received repeated threats from ISIS this year, reacted to the Paris attacks by
declaring a terrorist alert for the whole country and deploying military
forces to the Vatican and other prime targets.
But those targets will remain
open to tourists, and in fact a major event is just around the corner: the
Vatican"s Jubilee Year of Mercy begins Dec.
8, and it"s expected to receive
millions of pilgrims.In July, Italian police arrested two men with links to
ISIS who were allegedly planning attacks on Italian landmarks.
Maria Gabriella
Landers, a founder of Italy tour operator Concierge in Umbria, told World
traveling club Travel she hasn"t seen any concern from upcoming clients about
travel to Rome or elsewhere in the country.
While she said the decision on
whether to travel is up to each person and that the company checks on
potential security concerns, she advocated travel to the country despite the
threats."I would probably say that in the world today, anything can happen
anywhere, and you can"t hide in your house, hoping to avoid danger," Landers
said.
"The best thing that you can do is to get out and experience the world,
meet people and, as [travel expert] Wendy Perrin puts it, be "an ambassador
for your country."Related: What To Do in a City Where"s There"s Been a
Terrorist Attack
London"s last Islamist attack on civilians was in 2005, the
coordinated July 7 bombings of the Underground and a double-decker bus that
killed 52 people and injured over 700.
But that doesn"t mean the city and the
UK haven"t faced serious threats since – Prime Minister David Cameron
told Radio 4 that British intelligence has foiled seven attacks this year
alone.

London has also increased security at key spots such as its
airports.
(Photo: Corbis)
Since the Paris attacks, Britain has sent its elite
special forces to back up undercover police in key London areas such as train
stations, the Underground, shopping centers, social hubs, and popular
sites.
The Telegraph reported that up to 450 radicalized British citizens are
estimated to have returned to the country from Syria.Still, there are no
reports of tourist sites being closed and except for the extra security it"s
business as usual.
Russia, which was also threatened by ISIS via video in
recent days, isn"t as popular a tourist site among Westerners, especially
since the conflict with Ukraine that started in early 2014.
Greg Tepper,
president of Exteter International, which operates tours in Russia, estimates
said he expects a bounceback in 2016, however, thanks to "pent-up demand."
Related: Travel in the Age of ISIS: the Terrifying New Reality
As Italy and
the UK have done, Russia has increased its security of prime targets in recent
days, including railways and airports.
Despite the threat of Chechnyan Islamic
militants there have been no major terror attacks in the country in the last
few years, though there was an attack on Moscow"s Domodedovo airport in
January 2011 that killed 37 and two suicide bombings in Moscow"s subway in
2010 that left 40 dead.
A backpack check at Moscow"s Red Square.
(Photo: Corbis)
Tepper assured
anyone planning to visit Russia that "Russian security, particularly near
important tourist sites, is very tight and while I have not seen anything
specifically change since Friday, I can imagine that security has gotten a bit
tighter now."How best to stay safe in your travels? If you"re going abroad,
it"s highly advisable to check the U.S.
State Department"s website for travel
alerts and warnings, plus security information about every destination.
You
can also enroll in the State Department"s Smart Travel Enrollment Program
(STEP) that helps you and those close to you stay informed during a
crisis.Beyond that, Taylor of iJet recommends such precautions as minimizing
time in public areas, being alert to sudden increases in security, and if in
the earliest stages of an attack, to run.

Related: Paris Closes the Eiffel
Tower and Other Tourist Sights Indefinitely
You can also consider a
membership with Global Rescue, which advises clients on dangerous areas and
when necessary, rescues them.
Scott Hume, associate director of security
operations with the company, told World traveling club Travel that Global
Rescue advised some clients in Paris when the attacks happened, but there was
no need for rescues.
He added the company has recently received a "significant
increase in the number of requests" for information.When asked for tips on
staying safe, Hume advised keeping emergency phone numbers on hand, always
having cash in case of an emergency, and having a satellite phone in case
cellular networks are shut down.WATCH: Paris attacks likely to bruise tourism
Let World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.

Washington
has responded to the Paris attacks and threats from the Islamic State by
beefing up security around the Capitol.
Then Monday came an unverified ISIS
video with an armed man saying, "By God, as we struck France in the center
of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center
in Washington." So then, should people be putting off their travels to
destinations westerners have usually taken for granted to be safe?

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