Airports across the country are stepping up security after the attacks in Istanbul. In LA, New York and here in DC especially. At Dulles Airport, I saw several armed officers walking around Wednesday morning, mostly near the entrance which is where the attacks in Istanbul took place.
The Turkish Airlines counter was closed this morning, not opening until later because the flights take off at 11:00pm. For now, they are on time. So I talked to other travelers about how their security. Most said each time they fly, it’s on their minds…but they said today especially, it’s hard not to think about it.
“It’s just scary, you just kind of want to watch what’s going on around you, it’s a scary time to fly,” says Rita Barnum, who is traveling to California.
As the busy holiday travel weekend approaches and in light of the attacks where 41 people were killed and 240 were wounded, at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, travelers will likely see more security.
Passengers may see extra officers on foot and motorcycles as well as K-9 patrols, although it may not always be obvious. “I would always like to see extra security, yes,” says Jenni Stone, who was putting her son on a plane to Detroit.
Overall passengers say they feel safe, as long as it’s a domestic flight. “Yeah, we’re OK, we’re OK right,” Rita asked as she looked at her fellow traveler, Randy. “Yeah, we feel safe as long as I’m in America,” Randy agreed. “I’m not going international.
“It’s one thing flying here in the U.S. but it’s a whole other ball game going out of the country,” says Rita. “It ain’t gonna happen right now.”
The Department of Homeland Security released a statement saying the agency was closely monitoring the developments in Istanbul and earlier this week, the State Department renewed the travel advisory to Turkey, warning of an increase in terror threats.
The ground stop issued by the FAA Tuesday night was lifted by Wednesday morning. Flights scheduled to leave from Dulles to Istanbul are on time for now.