DALLAS/ FORT WORTH AIRPORT (CBSDFW.COM) – People returning to the Metroplex came home to a new travel warning from the State Department urging Americans traveling in Europe to stay vigilant and expect more attacks.
Kyle Simpson from North Texas learned about the twin attacks that rocked Brussels after his plane touched down at DFW International Airport Tuesday evening.
“I didn’t hear until just now,” said Simpson who had been visiting Paris.
French citizen Julia Thampeau was aware of the attacks when she boarded the same flight from Charles De Gaulle Airport.
She stayed connected to the developments via WiFi and couldn’t wait to touch base with family when she landed.
“We didn’t contact family but we will do it right now,” she said.
Thampeau’s homeland of France shares a border with Belgium. Both countries stand in solidarity after Islamic terrorists targeted innocent civilians there.
For Thampeau, the wound of the November Paris attacks is still fresh. She told CBS 11 News he attacks were on her mind during the 10-hour flight to North Texas, but she did not share the information with her young children so they would not worry.
In the wake of today’s attacks, the TSA has deployed extra security to airports in major U.S. cities.
“They had heightened security. I had to go through an extra long line,” Stephanie Simpson said.
In Denver, the all clear was given after suspicious packages prompted a brief evacuation of the main terminal.
The Department of Homeland Security has urged Americans to continue traveling and visiting public places despite the attacks, with the reminder to remain vigilant.
“It can happen anytime. We don’t stop living because of that,” said Uli Stettlei visiting North Texas from Montreal, Canada.
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