WASHINGTON–People in the D.C. community took a new, defiant outlook on traveling this summer as they lamented the outcomes of the terrorist attack in Istanbul’s main airport in June.
Among a series of deadly attacks in Turkey, this recent act of terror killed 41 people, with hundreds severely injured. This attack in Turkey’s capitol was not an isolated incident, however. Terrorist attacks have hit Europe this past year, causing numerous deaths, heightening security and leaving tourists questioning the safety of their travels.
“I’m confused, frustrated and irritated. I feel that it is the same old narrative that we’ve been dealing with,” Rafiat Animashaum, a 21-year-old American University student, said. “It just doesn’t change.”
According to the National Counterterrorism Center, roughly 1 in 20 million people will be killed in a foreign terrorist attack. This means that there is actually a higher chance of being struck by lightning, getting in a car accident or drowning in a bathtub, than there is of dying in an attack.
“It’s an awful ordeal and really tragic for all of humanity,” Lexon Keet, 17, said. Even though he’s not flying this summer, Keet believes the chances of dying in an attack are very low.
Although fear of being in the wrong place at the wrong time is always present, people feel that this shouldn’t hold someone back from traveling.
“No matter where you go it’s dangerous. Some places are more than others, but that’s not going to stop me from traveling,” Animashaum said. “I’m not going to live in a bubble.”
Emmy Liederman, 16, was in Spain for a vacation during this attack in Istanbul. “I don’t think we were necessarily concerned for our own safety for too long. I wasn’t afraid to travel to Europe just as I’m not afraid to walk the streets of NYC, even though in both places countless tragedies occur,” she said.
“Unfortunately, these events are no longer surprising,” Liederman said. “People can’t live their lives in fear, but we also can’t just sit back and just accept the fact that we live in a violent world.”