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Brussels Airport Bombs Did Not Go Off at American Airlines Counter, Airline Says

According to the first reports out of Brussels, one of the two explosions that shook Zaventem airport Tuesday went off near the check-in counter of Fort Worth-based American Airlines. Despite many outlets still reporting that version of events, a statement issued by the airline says that no explosion took place near its counter in the airport's departure hall:

American Airlines extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to those affected by the tragic events in Brussels earlier today. American is taking care of employees and customers at Brussels Airport. At this time, all of our airport employees and crew members are safe and accounted for with no reported injuries. American Airlines check-in operates at Row 8 of the departure hall, and the explosions did not occur at Row 8.

American Airlines flight 751 from Brussels to Philadelphia has been canceled for today. When operations at the Brussels airport resume, we will reaccommodate our customers on available flights. Flight 750 from Philadelphia to Brussels is not scheduled for today.

American has issued a travel policy for customers with reservations to Brussels who wish to change their itineraries. Customers booked for travel March 22 and March 23 may request a refund, select an alternate airport or reschedule travel through April 5.

Customers with flights to or from Brussels may use aa.com or call our reservations desk at +1-800-679-8215 to get the latest information. In Belgium, customers may call (+32) 070 300 300.
 

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The Islamic state claimed responsibility for the bombings, which killed at least 31 people at the airport and a metro station near European Union headquarters late Tuesday morning. At DFW airport, security has been tightened following the attacks, although the airport is not disclosing any specifics. The airport did not have any direct flights to Brussels scheduled today.
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Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
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