The American government has issued a warning to US travelers in Europe that they should beware of potential terrorist attacks. While it is but a warning and not a formal warning against European travel, many in the tourist industry are worried. The already fragile state of the European economy, especially the tourist industry is sure to suffer financially from the warning.
The threat is non-specific. The US State Department has warned that US citizens visiting in or living in Europe should take precautions and be alert. They stated that there may be planned attacks on public places where there will be a high concentration of people, especially tourists much like the deadly 2008 shooting attack made on a hotel in Mumbai, India.
Most tourists when asked said they did not plan on letting threats disrupt their lives. A nonprofit group IES Abroad sent out email warnings to the college students in European study abroad programs to avoid crowded tourist spots, especially popular American hangouts.
“We say, ‘Be alert, cautious and aware of your surroundings,’” IES executive vice president Bill Hoye said. “It means, ‘Don’t be totally plugged into your iPod.’”
Airlines reported they had not experienced any delays or cancellations due to the alert.
The US State Department report said: “Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks. European governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions.”
Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May said that Britain’s status remains on high alert at “severe” which means an attack is highly likely. Britain’s Foreign Office is warning British travelers that the threat of terrorism in those countries is high.