Wannabe terrorists are apparently soaking up sun and getting pampered on their way to join ISIS, according to Interpol’s counter-terrorism unit.
Pierre St. Hilaire, director of the counter-terrorism unit, told the Associated Press that travelling by cruise ship is one of the easier ways to circumvent security and remain undetected. Most of the aspiring jihadists, according to Hilaire, are coming past the Syrian border from Turkey.
Turkey has become a popular thoroughfare for foreign fighters trying to join ISIS ranks. The nation set up task forces at bus stations and airports to nab such fighters on their way to war-torn Syria, deporting hundreds in recent months.
“Because they know the airports are monitored more closely now, there’s a use of cruise ships to travel to those areas,” Hilaire said. “There is evidence that the individuals, especially in Europe, are traveling mostly to Izmit (a coastal Turkish town) and other places to engage in this type of activity.”
He went on to say that the wannabe terrorists are using cruise ships around the world to circumvent security forces and get closer to “launch pads” near conflict zones like Syria and Iraq.
The lesson to be learned is this: just opt for a road trip instead for your next vacation.