Travelers express concern after Barcelona attack

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Travelers express concern after Barcelona attack. Dann Cuellar reports during Action News at 11 p.m. on August 17, 2017. (WPVI)

Thursday's horrific attack in Barcelona has left a number of travelers in our area shaken.

Action News found a wide range of thoughts and emotions among people we spoke with, especially among those travelling there with kids.

"Part of our strategy was to stay out of the real touristy areas," said Bart Krauss of Washington Crossing, N.J.

Krauss is one of a number of travelers who returned from Barcelona late Thursday.

He, like others, went there very mindful of a potential terrorist attack.

"Either stabbing cops and running them over, like in Paris, and now in Barcelona.... They're just taking their shots at tourists, bunch of cowards," Krauss said.

Rose Boyd, of West Chester, Pa., left Barcelona just before the terrorist attack. But she worries about others in her group that stayed behind.

"Some of the people that we were with last night for dinner were going sight-seeing today. And it happened 15 minutes from our hotel, so who knows what happened?" she said.

Despite the tragedy and the uncertainty of what may come next, we found a number of other travelers who were on their way to Barcelona Thursday night. Some were traveling with kids.

Melissa Leonard, of Blue Bell, Pa., said she is "very scared, because our hotel is where it pretty much happened at. And right now they're not telling us if we can check in there or not. They have moved some people for tonight. But they said tomorrow... they don't really know yet."

Action News asked another traveler if she was apprehensive about traveling.

"A little bit, yes, because we are traveling with kids, traveling as a family. Yes, but hopefully keeping our fingers crossed," said Monica Guiral of Piscataway, N.J.

"You just got to be careful... walk around, see what's going on," said Steven Levinson of Villanova, Pa. "You go to a café, you're sitting down... you have to look around, see what's going on."

Yet another traveler tried to find a silver lining in the whole situation.

Thursday's attack would result in tighter security across the region, that person reasoned, making everyone a little safer.

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