Travel warnings issued
FOLLOWING in the footsteps of the US Government, Australia has released a special travel alert after the assassination of al-Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has alerted all embassies and consulates of the increased possibility of anti-west violence overseas, and Australian travellers have been encouraged to be particularly vigilant with their personal security while abroad.
However, none of this worries Laraine Green of Beecher, who plans to head off on a two-week holiday to Thailand tonight.
“It doesn't worry me,” she said of the travel warning. “If I'm going to worry about it, I might as well stay home!”
Laraine has been overseas many times since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including a three-month stint in the United States and Canada, and said she had never encountered any problems.
“When you think about it, (terrorism) has been going on for a few years now, and we've been overseas quite a bit since 9/11 and have never had any trouble.”
She said it would only be a small victory for terrorists if she were to alter her holiday arrangements now.
“If you stay at home, you know they've got you where they want you,” Laraine said.
Despite her confidence that nothing would go wrong, Laraine said there were some warnings she would take particular heed of this time around.
“Stay away from crowds, keep on the ball and keep your eyes open,” she said.