Tourism: How Bad a Hit?

From Mideast war to Britain's foiled airline bombing plot, fears of violence have placed international travel and tourism in a state of siege

Queues of frustrated passengers snaked through Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted airports on Aug. 10, as hundreds of flights were canceled after British authorities rounded up a terrorist ring overnight that allegedly planned to bomb jetliners above the Atlantic. The arrests—and ensuing chaos at British airports—sent shudders through business and leisure travelers from Europe to Asia to the U.S.

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