Travel Alert To Europe Spurs Mixed Reaction At LAX
LOS ANGELES (KNX 1070/AP) — The Obama administration is warning Americans to be on alert for potential terrorist attacks in Europe.
The State Department travel alert advises U.S. citizens living or traveling in Europe to remain vigilant in public places, including tourist spots and transportation hubs.
“Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks,” it said. “European governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions.”
It noted in particular “the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure.”
“U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling,” the department said.
Meanwhile, travelers at LAX had mixed reactions to the alert, which is one step below a formal travel warning that would advise Americans not to visit Europe.
The government recommends that all U.S. citizens register their travel plans with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration Web site.
The United Kingdom and Japan have also issued alerts.
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