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International travel committee urges caution
in response to terror threat

The University's International Travel Oversight Committee plans this week to post recommendations for faculty, staff and student travelers, in the wake of the arrests of several terror suspects Aug. 10 in Great Britain, who allegedly were planning to place explosives on commercial air flights.

John Godfrey, assistant dean for international education, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and member of the travel committee, says, "We've had inquiries from administrators on campus, asking us to pass on information to students, faculty and staff. There are 52 students and faculty registered with International Travel Information and Registry (ITIR) who are about to return from Europe in the next week or two; we've sent e-mails to them and to all international students."

The e-mail postings to deans, directors and chairs are to serve as follow-up messages to e-mails sent Aug. 11. Those messages, also to deans, directors and chairs, contained a link to a U.S. State Department public travel warning sparked by the arrests. The travel warning also is available on the Internet at travel.state.gov/. The message suggests travelers obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling (888) 407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at (202) 501-4444.

Godfrey said early Aug. 11 that the recommendations to be sent to U-M travelers still were being formed. "We'll also post some information about what is allowable for carrying on baggage. As events change we'll be correcting and adding to the information that is available."

Information is also to be posted at the ITIR page at www.umich.edu/~itoc/.

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