How Terrorism Affects Travel

The world is a big place that you lose a lot of opportunities in learning a new place, language, and culture by just staying in one place for the rest of your life. The love for travel is made more popular these days thru social media. The web is a great place to see different places that it ignites a deep yearning in you to go out there and see the big wide world for real.

There are many beautiful and amazing natural attractions in different parts of the globe. The biggest challenge here is money. Of course, you pay for airfare, food, and accommodation. Even backpackers shell out a small amount to get from one place to another. After all, almost everything has a price now that you can seldom avail of anything for free. Another major issue that affects travel today is the threat of terrorism. Terror acts happen everywhere it’s difficult to tell where they will strike next. It’s a major consideration when you plan for your next travel getaway although some aren’t deterred by these travel alerts or bans at all.

Many airlines have suspended flights to and from Qatar‘s capital, Doha.

The issues arose after the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen all cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. They say it backs Islamist terror groups, which Qatar denies.

Those countries have now closed their airspace to the country’s flag carrier, Qatar Airways.

So what should passengers do?

Who is directly affected?

Anyone who’d planned flying direct between Qatar and the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain will be impacted.

So too are passengers to/from those four countries who were due to be transiting through Qatar, for instance Singapore to Cairo via Doha or London to Riyadh via Doha.


It’s no longer surprising to find out that certain governments are connected with terrorists. Even ISIS itself have been claimed to have started with the help of the US Central Intelligence Agency. With terror attacks happening all over the globe for days in a row now, everyone is on high alert and governments only have the safety and security of their people in mind. It’s why Qatar is now considered an outcast of a nation. With rumors that it fund terror groups, other countries have canceled their flights in and out of Doha indefinitely.

The recent terrorist attack in the United Kingdom prompted President Donald Trump to resume his pursuit of the travel ban to prevent terrorism in the United States.

“People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!” he said.

The temporary ban blocks travel and immigration from six Middle Eastern countries — Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

Trump’s second attempt at instating a ban was blocked in March by a federal judge in Hawaii, which was upheld by an federal appeals court in May. The president’s first attempt was withdrawn by the White House after it was also blocked by the courts. Trump signed his support for the stronger, first ban.


Ever since assuming office, the most common solution Donald Trump could come up with is to issue travel bans as the answer to many of the issues America is facing today. While it is acceptable considering he only has the safety of the millions of Americans in mind, it is not the best and only solution for issues like terrorism. First off, the terrorists are often already in the United States themselves and have been here for quite some time too. Singling out Muslims isn’t sensitive and sensible as well as it only divides the people even more and creates further conflicts than there already was.

It takes more than just a simple travel ban to wipe out terrorists for good. Even after killing many of these terrorists, new ones will just sign up as a Jihadist, for instance, and pledge allegiance to their terror group. Moreover, the media seems to be fanning the flames and triggers more confusion than being of actual help. If you really need to travel to any of these high-risk places as of the moment, just exercise eternal vigilance. Try to avoid going to crowded areas whenever possible and always be on your toes when out and about. It is always better to be safe than sorry. However, don’t let these terror threats stop you from exploring the world. You only live once. Just remember to travel at your own risk if you really want to pack up and travel somewhere far.

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