Just an isolated incident that is being contained.
Travelers arriving in Atlanta from Paris on Saturday afternoon described extraordinary long lines in Paris to get through security.
Claudio Merloni, who lives in Paris and was arriving in Atlanta for business, said it took more than two hours to go through a security line that usually takes him 10 minutes. Merloni said there was nobody on the streets in Paris when he left for the airport today.
“It’s two attacks, both in France in the same year,” he said. “You start to feel really targeted.”
In the midst of the chaos that erupted in Paris Friday night, Rebecca Hill-Bogle started to wonder how she and her husband, Will Bogle, were going to get back home to Georgia.
They were in Paris to celebrate Will’s birthday and were having dinner when Will looked at his phone and realized something was going on. The server at their restaurant told them they were about 10 minutes away from one of the deadly explosions that occurred during Friday night’s wave of terrorist attacks in the heart of the city.
“We saw a lot of police and ambulances; they were scurrying through the streets,” Will Bogle said.
The Macon couple tried to get a cab to get back to their hotel, but all the taxis were full.
Hill-Bogle is six months pregnant and she was starting to panic. They decided to walk two miles to the U.S. Embassy, hoping they could take shelter there.
But, her husband said, they were turned away.
“I was pretty disheartened that we weren’t allowed to get in,” he said.
Originally from New York, Bogle said he was there during 9/11. “I remember the energy in the city when that happened, and this was very reminiscent of that,” he said.
Bogle said he focused on keeping his wife calm, since she was terrified. They had no idea whether more attacks were coming.
“I’m from Georgia,” Hill-Bogle said, explaining her panic. “We haven’t had anything like this happen.”