This morning’s attack in the Belgian capital of Brussels sparked a flurry of panic around the world, with US officials eager to calm concerns domestically. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson insisted there was “no specific, credible threat” of any similar attacks within the US.
This didn’t stop soaring concerns about such attacks, with many cities announcing increased security and Johnson himself announcing increased TSA security at major airports around the country, despite the lack of intelligence on a threat.
Denver International Airport saw much of its main terminal evacuated for part of the day, on claims they’d found packages they deemed a “threat.” The area was later reopened, with officials conceding there was no actual danger.
Fear over the possibility of being the next target is inevitable, and similar reactions were seen after Paris’ November attacks. Despite Brussels being one of the top candidates for being “next” and dramatically ramping up their security after Paris, however, they were ultimately unable to stop the attacks.