Tuesday’s explosions in Belgium have police, airport and transit officials paying attention, but they say they aren’t taking any extra security steps and that there’s nothing to indicate a terrorist threat in the Seattle area.
It’s business as usual for commuters and travelers in the Seattle area in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, with local police and transit officials saying they are following developments but do not anticipate increased danger here.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport “remains vigilant” and is in touch with federal partners monitoring the attacks, airport spokesman Perry Cooper said. There is no indication of a connection or threat to Seattle, he said.
He said travelers might notice a “routine increase” of law-enforcement officers in the area.
“They may see more officers in the drive or around the terminal, but nothing that’s expected to delay travel at this point,” Cooper said. “We haven’t had any kind of delays.”
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Ayn Dietrich-Williams, of the FBI’s Seattle division, said in an email that the agency did not have “information that would suggest a pending threat to Washington state.”
She said the division would continue to follow world events and be in touch with FBI headquarters.
Seattle Police said in a Twitter message that they were monitoring the situation.
Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray said the agency’s security measures were no different Tuesday than before.
“Our people are always vigilant in keeping an eye out for any signs of trouble. That’s definitely on everyone’s mind today, but there’s nothing out of the ordinary we’ve put into place,” said Gray said.
Meanwhile, University of Washington officials said they were taking steps to locate UW students, staff and faculty who might be in Belgium.
The university said more than 150 students were registered to study abroad in Europe, but none were scheduled in the winter or spring quarters to take classes in Belgium.
“Because it is currently spring break and we are at a transition between quarters, students studying in other European locations may be traveling around the continent,” the university said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are working to account for the safety of all of our students currently studying in Europe.”