While it's true there is a worldwide terror alert, and we should heed the warnings from our governments to be especially careful and vigilant... it's also true that anti-terror security procedures have probably never been tighter. The authorities are expecting something, so everyone's on alert.
Since 9/11 there's been very special attention paid to making airplanes and airports secure, and once you're 'airside' (through the security checks and pat downs) you're probably safer than in any other large public space.
If - IF - there's a reprisal attack it would seem to make sense that the killers will want to strike back at the nation responsible for the killing of OBL - so Americans ought to be particularly careful.
South Korea as a destination: there are almost no native Muslims in South Korea, and the country prides itself on being free of Islamist extremism. They've rounded up any foreigners they suspect (usually for gathering information about US military bases) and shipped them home. Overall, South Korea is one of the safest destinations on the planet.
I'd pick the airline that's most convenient to you.
Have a great trip. Phil. almost 8 years ago
wouldn't you know it, I open my big mouth and some nut-job makes a fool of me.
South Korean police are looking for a man who placed 2 devices inside lockers at Seoul's main railway and bus station. No-one was injured, the devices were meant to explode, but we're not talking about anything large enough to damage a building.
Here's a CNN report: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/05/12/south.korea.explosions/index.html
No indication of the man's motive yet.
Looks like a small one-off... I wouldn't be unduly worried about the implications, but I would be staying away from luggage lockers all over the world unless they're secure (like the one at Gare du Nord in Paris - full x-ray scanning of everything that enters). almost 8 years ago