As the world continues to grow smaller in how much we can experience we are constantly tested in this venue of our business. We are asked on a consistent basis now, "What happens if...".
Here are few things that we thought you may want to know about how your travel will go if an act of terrorism happens in the area you are going to.
*If the US State Department issues a warning to not travel to a destination we will encourage you to rethink the travel plans. If you must go, please consider travel insurance. Note travel insurance will allow you to cancel or change your plans only if there has been an act of terror 60 days prior to your arrival. Double check this with your travel insurance provider as each policy type has different parameters. And some travel insurance companies will not cover areas that are hot beds of known terrorist activity.
*Expect delays as the security getting into and out of a destination that has just had a terror attack will be long. Those in these security positions are going to be extra diligent in checking bags, watching people, and making sure there is nothing out of place. They will be on high alert for a few weeks until things settle down. Give yourself extra time at the airports. Try your best not to be late or pushy. No one likes pushy.
*Can you change your plans? Yes, in some cases with no penalty. For those that have not made final payment for a trip such as a cruise or land tour you may be able to change with $0 penalty. When airfare is involved that is not a charter component that is different, as those are usually paid in full upon deposit.
With the recent events in Orlando, this did not happen at the airport or a major theme park but be ready for security to show itself. The theme parks will be very careful to protect their clients that are vacationing. You may have delays getting in the parks as security will be more thorough. Try to think about what you are taking into the parks, is it absolutely necessary? If not, don't take it.
More important with all of this is the basic trust lost in each other every time this happens. It will take trust to work through these events and good people to step up and start reporting things prior to them happening. While you are traveling and you see something that is odd, or if someone is acting strange, don't be afraid to tell anyone in a security role or call the police.
Leigh Ann Arnholt