CHICAGO (CBS) — The terrorist bombings in Brussels have caused a ripple effect of travel warnings and increased security around transportation centers.
As spring break gets underway in many areas, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for Europe, warning American citizens of a potential threat throughout the continent after Tuesday’s attacks in Belgium, and other recent bombings in Turkey.
“Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation,” the State Department said. “U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places. Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.”
The State Department also advised travelers to be prepared for additional security screenings at airports in the U.S. and overseas, and to make sore their families know how to contact them in the event of an emergency.
Cook County Homeland Security Department executive director Ernest Brown said while the main threat now is overseas, there is also risk on U.S. soil.
“Certainly as long as there are people who are willing to try to change our way of life in America … there is a threat,” he said.