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Terrorism fears ground Orlando students

Fear of terrorism on international flights has led to the cancellation of a European trip by students from an Orlando-area school this fall.

Twenty to 25 students from Dr. Phillips High School had planned to spend 10 days in England and France in October, but administrators suspended all travel until more is known about what caused TWA Flight 800 to blow up.

Officials of the airline industry and a travelers group said the Orange County School District acted too hastily.

Thousands of people have continued to fly overseas daily since the crash of TWA Flight 800, the officials noted.

"It probably is an overreaction to one incident, and we're not even sure what the cause of the crash is," said Marty Salsen, a senior vice president of the International Airline Passengers Association.

The students were to fly on Continental Airlines and stay with host families.

The TWA crash hasn't interfered with foreign high schools' plans to send students to Orlando. This week, 27 students from Japan and five from England are flying to Orlando to stay with Dr. Phillips students and their families.