ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was on Fred Drysdale's mind Thursday.
"I thought after we got up to 12-thousand feet I went, 'Wow that's a long way down,'" says Fred Drysdale. "It did cross my mind and I wondered if it's crossing other people's minds on the plane."
With an up tick in world conflicts, travel experts are keeping an eye on today's news of a downed plane in Africa.
"My Dad was very involved in the formation of the state of Israel and was going back and forth in the 40's," says Stephanie Turner, President & CEO Brentwood Travel.
Stephanie Turner grew up in the travel industry, often accompanying her family to Israel.
Thursday the FAA lifted their 24 hour ban on all flights to and from the country.
"They all have to protect their equipment and I think it's the reason a couple airlines were asked not to fly to Israel for a couple days but I think they've been lifted," says Turner. "They're going back now."
Turner's Brentwood Travel hasn't seen any cancellations from clients. But, in fact, an increase in travel with a recent trend of touring in smaller groups and avoiding hot spots like Ukraine.
But Turner says this too will pass.
"They're going through they're bad time," says Turner. "Their tourism sector is really in bad shape now, just like Egypt's is. There are countries that are suffering but eventually they come back as things settle down."
As travelers settle into a new age of awareness with world events ever changing, sometimes it's nice to come home to something familiar.
"This is the first time I've been back here in 50 years," says Drysdale.
"Is that right?" asks Patrick Clark. "Well welcome home."
"Can't wait to get outside and see what it feels like," says a smiling Drysdale.