The State Department has issued a Worldwide Travel Alert, signaling increased concern over the threat of terror events. The alert notes the depressing list of recent attacks:
Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq. Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis. Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services. In the past year, there have been multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali. ISIL/Da’esh has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt.
The US government is encouraging travelers to enroll in State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which sends security updates to members and facilitates contact with them in case of emergency.
And, of course, authorities in the US are concerned about the possibility of the same here. It’s a depressing fact of life that those of us in the travel and aviation industries have always known: in a connected world global instability spreads, and violent incidents sprout like weeds.