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We are traveling from New York to Frankfurt on Thursday and my family is concerned for our safety because of fear of terrorist reprisals. I say that it is likely safer to travel right now rather than a few months from now because terrorists need time to plan attacks. I also don't want to let the terrorists win by keeping fear first and foremost in our minds. Ultimately, however, safety is paramount. Should we keep our travel plans?

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    Berlitz, I doubt there's ever been a time when the overall security threat has been higher. The US government doesn't issue a worldwide terror alert lightly.
    However, as I said to another worried traveller:
    There're two schools of thought on this: one say every nut job with half a bag of fertiliser and a grudge against the West will be trying to make a point. The other school says security will be tighter than ever with every anti-terrorism force on high alert, scrutiny at airports more intense than ever and millions of ordinary people on the look out (let's roll!).
    No one is going to be able to make your decision for you, it's up to you to assess the risk and decide what's right for you.
    Arm yourself with some knowledge about identifying terror risks and what to do in the event of an attack with this article: http://journals.worldnomads.com/safetyhub/story/72300/Worldwide/What-to-do-in-a-terror-attack.
    If you decide to go, be prepared for longer than usual delays at security check points, and make sure you behave and comply with all requests from security personell (they're going to be very twitchy and nervous).
    On a personal note I've always found that "a happy wife makes a happy life" - if she doesn't want to go, ask your airline and travel provider if you can rearrange to go at another less volatile time. about 7 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    If I take a look out of my window, I can see a mix of rain and snow, I you're not afraid of this, you should come :-) Greez, Michael about 7 years ago

    Answered by Michael via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Knowledge is power, so stay well informed. The reality is that there will never be a time in our lives again where there isn't some threat of terror. Though in terms of safety, USA to Germany is abut a safe as you will ever get. Two first world nations, with first rate security precautions. Families are a funny thing and I am sure they would wrap you all up in cotton wool to keep you safe.... But....is a life lived in fear lived at all? No says I. Travel, enjoy Frankfurt and be travel smart.. You and yours will have a ball. about 7 years ago

    Answered by Ted via Site_iconTravellr.com

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