Cape Cod Woman Survives Brussels Airport Attacks


Christine Jones

HYANNIS – A birthday trip for a Cape Cod woman turned into a nightmare Tuesday when she found herself at the Brussels Airport as the terror attacks occurred.

Christine Jones said she was eating breakfast at the airport when she saw 50 to 80 people running quickly by before airport staff told them to leave right away.

An announcement was made throughout the airport for everyone to evacuate, but left passengers confused as to what terminal or area they should be in.

“We didn’t know, we just kept getting shuffled from one area to another area with different announcements but each announcement saying everyone must evacuate,” said Jones. “But then there was no direction, there were no personnel telling us where to go.”

Jones said that they were ushered into one terminal and then to shuttle buses while there was a strong police presence, including fire trucks and ambulances.

Eventually Jones and many of the passengers at the airport were transported to nearby hotels, but she was thankful for all the support she received from business owners and the people of Brussels.

“There was goodness within all the madness that was going around,” said Jones. “I think it wasn’t until we got to the hotel that we were in shock, that’s when it hit us. That something really bad has happened.”

Passengers were told the airport will remain closed until Thursday.

Jones said she rebooked a flight out of Brussels on Thursday and will continue her vacation in Rome.


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