Travel industry reacts to Brussels attacks – CNBC

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In a statement, American Airlines said it is “taking care of our employees and customers in Brussels after this morning’s events. At this time, there are no reported injuries to our employees.”

VRT said the airport bombing was a suicide attack.

Delta, Starwood and Marriott also issued statements confirming the safety of their employees and customers.

Starwood has four hotels in Brussels, while Marriott has five.

“Given the ongoing situation, we are sensitive to the potential impact on our guests. As such, we are waiving cancellation fees for guests holding existing reservations at all four Marriott properties in Brussels for the immediate future,” Marriott said.

Travelers who bought insurance should check to see if the policy will kick in to cover nonrefundable costs of rescheduling or canceling the trip. Policies often have a specific terrorism clause.

Requirements vary, but typically, you’re covered to cancel your trip if the attack occurred in a city on your itinerary or within a certain distance (say, 50 miles) of your itinerary, said Megan Singh, director of marketing for insurance comparison site Squaremouth.

Most policies also require the State Department to deem an event a terror attack, which hasn’t happened yet for the Brussels explosions, she said.

“In every case, you need to buy the policy before the attack occurs,” Singh said. Travelers can still buy policies to cover the possibility of future attacks, however. “Most terrorist attacks are looked at as separate events,” she said.

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Travel industry reacts to Brussels attacks – CNBC