Sunday, November 15, 2015

Tourists line the steps of the Sacré-Cœur basilica in
Paris.
(Photo: Jo Piazza)"For now, Paris is a city in mourning.
As we often
see in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, the security situation in Paris
remains extremely fluid.
And that could pose an issue for tourists, students
and businesspeople who are traveling, or planning to travel, there.
"
But it
might be comforting to know that after Friday"s devastating and tragic
attacks, Paris is still open to visitors.
"Any scheduled travel can proceed
with no issues since airports remain open,""Dan Richards, founder and CEO of
the travel risk and crisis management firm"Global Rescue, tells World
traveling club Travel.
"There is little threat of a follow-up attack at this
point.
Within the next few days, the city will slowly return to normal, albeit
with a heightened security presence that will be in place indefinitely."WATCH:
Paris Closes the Eiffel Tower and Other Tourist Sights Airlines are keeping
a close eye on the aftermath of the tragedy.
And they"re expressing"sympathy
as well.
"On behalf of our more than 100,000 employees worldwide, our thoughts
and prayers are with the people of France," American Airlines said in a
statement to World traveling club Travel.
Most major airlines tell World
traveling club Travel they are now operating normally into and out of
Paris.
But they recognize that some people may want to reschedule their trips,
so they have announced policies to accommodate them.
However, the terms are on
the strict side:
Airlines and travelers worldwide offer sympathy to Paris.
Pylons marking the
entry to Los Angeles International Airport were lit in the red, white and blue
of the French flag Saturday.
(AP Photo) Air France is offering those who
bought tickets for travel to and from France on November 13 to November 16 the
chance to modify their journeys.
You can either postpone your trip for dates
running until November 22, at no extra cost, in the same cabin class as your
original ticket.
If you wish to postpone your trip to France past November 22,
change your origin or destination, or cancel your trip entirely, Air France is
offering a non-refundable voucher valid for one year on Air France, KLM or the
Air France subsidiary, Hop.
American Airlines is waiving its travel change fees for those who were
scheduled to travel to Paris between this past Friday and Sunday, November 15,
as long as they are open to travel through the 28th.
You can also apply the
value of your original ticket towards a new ticket to another destination, as
long as it"s for travel before the 28th.
For those who had trips to, from or through France between last Friday and
this coming Monday the 16th, Delta is allowing passengers the chance to
reschedule to a travel date no later than November 22 (the change must be made
by November 22)." United"is also offering anyone who had scheduled flights
to Paris (specifically, Charles de Gaulle Airport) for this past Friday
through Sunday the 15th the chance to modify travel plans.
It"s waiving change
fees for new flights departing through November 21 (as long as it"s the same
itinerary and in the same cabin as the original ticket ).
For any other
schedule changes, you may be able to get the change fees waived but you may be
charged the difference in fare.
Related: Travelers Share Their Memories and
Love for ParisIf you"re already in Paris, you may find that the heightened
security may restrict your movements.
"There will be a high volume of police
and security services beginning their investigations around the city,"
Richards says.
That means if you"re scheduled to fly, you might want to give
yourself extra time to both get to the airport and go through security.
Also,
be sure to sign up for alerts from your airlines so that you can get an
instant notification of any possible flight changes that may arise.
After the Paris attacks, destinations around the world have heightened
security, including the Vatican.
(Photo: AP)And while Richards doesn"t expect
any additional attacks in Paris in the coming days, he suggests travelers
remain cautious.""Maintain your ability to communicate," he says.
"Program
your cell phone with emergency numbers." He also recommends avoiding crowds
and public transportation during peak times.
But, reflecting the sobering
times we live in, Richards says these recommendations don"t apply solely to
the scene of this latest act of terror.
"Vigilance needs to extend across the
continent," he warns.
"This is no longer simply a problem for Paris or for
France; it is potentially a problem for Europe.
No matter where you travel,
there is reason to be vigilant."WATCH:"How a Security Check Saved Hundreds of
Lives in Paris
Follow World traveling club Travel on Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, and Pinterest."
Tourists line the steps of the Sacré-Cœur basilica in Paris.
"Any
scheduled travel can proceed with no issues since airports remain
open," Dan Richards, founder and CEO of the travel risk and crisis
management firm Global Rescue, tells World traveling club Travel.
Within the
next few days, the city will slowly return to normal, albeit with a heightened
security presence that will be in place indefinitely." WATCH: Paris Closes
the Eiffel Tower and Other Tourist Sights Airlines are keeping a close eye on
the aftermath of the tragedy.
"On behalf of our more than 100,000 employees
worldwide, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France," American
Airlines said in a statement to World traveling club Travel..
Air France is offering those who bought tickets for travel to and from France
on November 13 to November 16 the chance to modify their journeys.
You can
either postpone your trip for dates running until November 22, at no extra
cost, in the same cabin class as your original ticket.
If you wish to postpone
your trip to France past November 22, change your origin or destination, or
cancel your trip entirely, Air France is offering a non-refundable voucher
valid for one year on Air France, KLM or the Air France subsidiary, Hop.
American Airlines is waiving its travel change fees for those who were
scheduled to travel to Paris between this past Friday and Sunday, November 15,
as long as they are open to travel through the 28th.
You can also apply the
value of your original ticket towards a new ticket to another destination, as
long as it"s for travel before the 28th.
For those who had trips to, from or through France between last Friday and
this coming Monday the 16th, Delta is allowing passengers the chance to
reschedule to a travel date no later than November 22 (the change must be made
by November 22)." United"is also offering anyone who had scheduled flights
to Paris (specifically, Charles de Gaulle Airport) for this past Friday
through Sunday the 15th the chance to modify travel plans.
It"s waiving change
fees for new flights departing through November 21 (as long as it"s the same
itinerary and in the same cabin as the original ticket ).
For any other
schedule changes, you may be able to get the change fees waived but you may be
charged the difference in fare.
Related: Travelers Share Their Memories and
Love for ParisIf you"re already in Paris, you may find that the heightened
security may restrict your movements.
"There will be a high volume of police
and security services beginning their investigations around the city,"
Richards says.
That means if you"re scheduled to fly, you might want to give
yourself extra time to both get to the airport and go through security.
Also,
be sure to sign up for alerts from your airlines so that you can get an
instant notification of any possible flight changes that may arise.
After the Paris attacks, destinations around the world have heightened
security, including the Vatican.
(Photo: AP)And while Richards doesn"t expect
any additional attacks in Paris in the coming days, he suggests travelers
remain cautious.""Maintain your ability to communicate," he says.
"Program
your cell phone with emergency numbers." He also recommends avoiding crowds
and public transportation during peak times.
But, reflecting the sobering
times we live in, Richards says these recommendations don"t apply solely to
the scene of this latest act of terror.
"Vigilance needs to extend across the
continent," he warns.
"This is no longer simply a problem for Paris or for
France; it is potentially a problem for Europe.
No matter where you travel,
there is reason to be vigilant."WATCH:"How a Security Check Saved Hundreds of
Lives in Paris
Follow World traveling club Travel on Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, and Pinterest."
Tourists line the steps of the Sacré-Cœur
basilica in Paris.
"Any scheduled travel can proceed with no issues since
airports remain open," Dan Richards, founder and CEO of the travel risk and
crisis management firm Global Rescue, tells World traveling club
Travel.
Within the next few days, the city will slowly return to normal,
albeit with a heightened security presence that will be in place
indefinitely." WATCH: Paris Closes the Eiffel Tower and Other Tourist Sights
Airlines are keeping a close eye on the aftermath of the tragedy.
"On behalf
of our more than 100,000 employees worldwide, our thoughts and prayers are
with the people of France," American Airlines said in a statement to World
traveling club Travel.

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