Passengers arriving at DTW unnerved, glad to be home
A Delta Airlines flight from Paris arrived at Detroit Metropolitan Airport just after 3 p.m. on Saturday, carrying several Metro Detroit passengers who said the flight had been delayed by two hours at Charles de Gaulle Airport which was lined “wall to wall with people.”
Jim Schoonover of Waterford Township said his flight was first delayed by two hours, then another two hours before it left Paris for Detroit.
Passenger Jeff Curcio said it took one hour to get through security at Charles de Gaulle. He was only in the airport on a connecting flight.
“It’s crazy what happened there...It was a little unnerving to fly in to Paris and not be sure I could get out. I’m glad to be home,” he said.
Hussein Beydown was in Lebanon, outside Beirut, when explosions rocked that city earlier this week. On Saturday he boarded a plan to Paris and arrived in Detroit Saturday afternoon.
“Oh my gosh, we left Beirut at 2 a.m. watching CNN and I said ‘Oh, my God. What’s happening in Paris?’ It’s scary,” he said.
Meanwhile, the University of Michigan confirmed Saturday that all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff who were registered as traveling in France are safe.
All 14 people have responded to messages from the university, including 10 students and three faculty and one staff members, Rick Fitzgerald, UM spokesman said.
The university is able to reach out quickly to U-M personnel traveling abroad because of the wide use of the university’s international travel registry and constant monitoring of situations throughout the world, Fitzgerald said.
“The university shares in the shock of the attacks in Paris and the grief being expressed globally over the tragic loss of life in Paris. Many members of the university community have strong ties to France, including the dozens of students from France studying on our campus,” he said.
In Detroit, law enforcement officials have called more officers to duty and moved some to locations deemed higher priorities following the deadly attacks in Paris.
Detroit police Chief James Craig told The Associated Press Saturday there are no specific or credible threats to his city or others in the U.S. But the department is on “heightened alert” because “you can’t always predict the next target.”
He said the department has shifted personnel “to soft and hard targets.” He wouldn’t discuss what he meant by those targets, but Detroit has three casinos, three professional sports arenas or stadiums and an entertainment district.
Detroit also shares a border with Canada. It’s one of the busiest trade crossings in North America.
The terror attacks Friday in Paris have killed at least 129 people.
Associated Press contributed