State Department issues warning to European travelers


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) –  The State Department issued a traveler warning into Europe.

From the State Department’s website the following message was issued: “The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.  Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation.”

And travel into the Brussels, Belgium airport is off limits to travelers.  According to the airport’s website it is closed while the investigation continues.  The website said the airport will be closed through Friday.

The travel warning is affecting Utahns as well. At Morris Murdock Travel there’s been at least two cancellations into Europe as a result of yesterday’s terrorist attack. 

“Nerves,” said Brent Jenson, Vice-President with Morris Murdock Travel. “They just don’t feel like traveling right now. It really hits home.”

At the Delta terminal in Salt Lake’s airport, Utahns were catching a 3:05 flight to London.  The state department warning didn’t phase them.

“Not particularly,” said Doug Oliver who is headed to London. “I think the security lines will be very bad I expect.  But I don’t feel that the risk is high here than probably driving here.”

And there were others who won’t hesitate to plan future flights into Europe.

“I’ve got 350,000 frequent flyer miles that I need to burn up somehow so you got to get across the pond one way or the other,” said Bertram Jenkins. “I have no hesitation going to Europe despite the recent tragedies there.”

The state department advises travelers to stay vigilant while in Europe and check in with the embassy in case there’s changes.  That’s part of Brent jenson’s plan.

“My wife and I are going to Europe next week,” he said. “Are we going to cancel our trip?  Absolutely not.  Are we going to be careful?  Absolutely.”

According to the State Department the advisory runs through late June.


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