We can't always avoid delays, but we can make them a lot less problematic, and minimise costs.
When an act of terrorism takes place we don’t always hear about the indirect effects, but hundreds – and sometimes thousands of people – can lose time and money following an attack.
Research conducted in July with YouGov revealed that more than a third (37%) of GB adults aged 18+ believed that a standard travel insurance policy would provide cover for travel delays caused by terrorism. In many cases, however, terrorism is excluded from policies, or only limited cover is provided for deaths and injuries.
The Nature of Delays
As we have seen recently, many acts of terrorism can result in airports, train stations, and metros being closed – sometimes for a few hours, and sometimes longer. Even traffic in and out of a city can become far heavier due to extra security measures.
These can all cause delays, and depending on your travel plans, can result in missed connections, extra accommodation costs, or having to find alternative transport – all of which cost money. Some airlines and hotels may assist in these cases, but this is at their discretion. Only package holiday providers in the EU are obligated to assist.
Delays are often unpredictable, but stopping normal services for even an hour at an airport or station can create a backlog that lasts far longer. It’s important to be prepared.
Even a few hours in an airport or station can have a number of unexpected costs – food, transport, a change of clothing, or a night at a hotel – it all adds up!
What to do
Hopefully, you won’t encounter any delays – or at least none that last more than a couple of hours – but here are a few tips to decrease your stress levels and expenses during those times:
- Upgrade your travel insurance with Safe Journey, and ensure that you’re covered for delays in case of terrorism – as well as cancellation, curtailment, and more. For further details, have a look at our FAQs.
- Keep cash handy at all times – pounds and local currency – and make sure your debit or credit card has available funds
- Keep receipts of all purchases made during the delay
- Pack a spare t-shirt and underwear into your hand luggage
- Mobile charger too!
- If you take daily medication, try to carry enough for an extra few days in your handbag or camera bag if this is practical and not too heavy to carry around.
- If you wear disposable contact lenses, make sure you have spares and that your specs are easy to get to.
Contact us to find out how you can be prepared, not scared, and travel with greater peace of mind.
The information above deals with only one element of the Safe Journey policy and there are a number of other items covered, as well as exclusions, terms and conditions. You can read these in full in our Policy Wording.
Research referenced was conducted by International Travel and Healthcare with YouGov Plc. The survey was carried out online between 19-20 July 2016. Total sample size was 2026 adults. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
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