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Manchester Arena Explosion

Date: May 23, 2017
Type: AFA Article

On Thursday, May 22, 2017, in Manchester, UK there was an explosion in the arena where Ariana Grande had performed that resulted in the death of 22 people and injury of 59 others. Police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack. Expect that security worldwide will be on high alert. 

It was confirmed last evening that all crew members on layover are safe. As a reminder, your best defense is a good offense.  If you see something out of the ordinary, do not hesitate to involve those responsible for security – the captain on the aircraft, the Ground Security Coordinator (GSC) at the airport or local police authorities when away from work.  Adhere to the following recommendations: 

  • Remain vigilant when in public places or using transportation
  • Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds
  • Exercise caution when attending holiday festivals/markets/events
  • Monitor local media
  • Always follow the advice of local authorities and respect all security controls. 

Remain vigilant in your surroundings and always be aware that a spontaneous event intended to be peaceful, in fact entertaining, can turn violent quickly.  Always exercise caution if within the vicinity of any large gathering.  We encourage you to review our Layover Safety Information and never refer to specific layover locations by hotel name in social media, onboard the aircraft or in other public areas.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the United Kingdom and in particular the people of Manchester. We offer our condolences and continued support.

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