Authorities are boosting security across Europe in the wake of the terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium. Additional security personnel are being deployed to airports, train stations, and other mass transit sites, likely in response to the targeting of the airport and metro stations in Brussels. Security checks have also been intensified and more patrols deployed along borders.
The heightened security may lead to processing delays at major airports. Similar security precautions will be taken at major rail, metro, and bus stations, as well as on international rail lines.
A visibly increased security presence is also likely around other potential targets, including bridges and tunnels, major tourist venues, large commercial establishments, government buildings, and major sporting venues. Expect numerous false alarms and hoax bomb threats. Any perceived threat could lead to the evacuation of facilities without warning, intensifying delays; security personnel will likely be especially vigilant in the wake of the suspected Brussels attacks.
The additional security measures are purely precautionary - there is no evidence that an attack is imminent or even in the planning stages.
Expect increased scrutiny and more thorough bag searches at transport hubs throughout Europe, on buses and trains, and near other potential targets. Allow additional time to clear security at airports. Remain calm and non-confrontational; comply with authorities' instructions.
Multiple bombings target Zaventem Airport (BRU) and metro stations in Brussels, Belgium March 22. Airport operations, public transport suspended.
A massive police operation is ongoing following several attacks in Brussels. At least two suspected suicide bombings occurred in the departure area of the Brussels' Zaventem Airport (BRU) at around 0730, followed by blasts at the Maelbeek and Schuman metro stations in the European quarter of central Brussels at around 0900. Authorities have raised the national threat level to 4 (very high) on a 4-tier scale system, which is likely to trigger a mass police and military mobilization nationwide, especially in Brussels near sensitive sites, including government buildings and main transit hubs.
The following major developments have been reported:
Consider sheltering in a secure location and avoid public transport stations until it becomes clear no further attacks are imminent. Avoid BRU, including the access roads off the Ring Road, until the authorities deem the area safe. After the airport reopens, prepare for severe flight delays, as flights resume and backlogs are cleared.