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What We Know, And Don’t Know, About NYC And NJ Bombings

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | September 20, 2016

What We Know, And Don’t Know, About NYC And NJ Bombings

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Almost three days after the New York City bombing attack and two days after homemade devices were found at an Elizabeth, N.J. train station, here’s what we know and what we still don’t know.

WHAT WE KNOW: The suspect in both incidents, arrested after a shootout in Linden, N.J., is Ahmad Khan Rahami, a New Jersey resident who lives over the family’s restaurant. The New York Times reported that Rahami has previously served jail time and may have recently traveled to Afghanistan. Rahami was charged with attempted murder of a police officer after the shootout; investigators continue to piece together the bombing case.

WHAT WE DON’T KNOW: Did Rahami act alone? New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Monday press conference that no other suspect was actively being sought, but the question remains up in the air. At the very least, one has to wonder if the incidents in New York; Elizabeth; Seaside Park, N.J.; and in Minnesota were coordinated.

WHAT WE KNOW: There doesn’t appear to be drastic, knee-jerk reaction among tourists to avoiding New York, but there could be an uptick in travel insurance. “We have seen an increase in the number of policies purchased with CFAR since the Paris attacks in November and have already received several inquiries today from concerned policyholders traveling to and from the Northeast,” Jason Schreier, CEO of APRIL USA Travel Protection, told TravelPulse.

WHAT WE DON’T KNOW: In the coming weeks, will travel to New York City decrease? The fall is just about the most perfect time to visit New York. Flights and hotels are cheaper. Kids are back to school so less families are traveling to the city. Lines are shorter for attractions. Even some Broadway tickets are easier to score. It will be interesting to see if, over time, travel to New York slows down. For now, tour operators say there have been no cancellations, although they admitted it’s too soon to make a judgment call.

WHAT WE KNOW: Security has been beefed up, again, at airports and train stations around New York, if not around the country.

WHAT WE DON’T KNOW: How long will those TSA security lines be? Who knows, although this recent attack might not be the only catalyst for increased wait times.

WHAT WE KNOW: New Yorkers are resilient. A meme with a complimentary vulgarity – if such an oxymoron exists – is already making its way around Facebook.

WHAT WE KNOW: So, too, are tourists resilient. The online magazine Bustle asked tourists who were staying near the blast site in Chelsea if this would deter them from ever returning to New York City. Not a chance, virtually everyone said. Goretti Farrar, visiting from Ireland, said: "Oh no, we’re from Ireland. We get bomb scares all the time."

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