It is at times like this you realise what ministers are there for - to ease panic, to allay public alarm, to stop crises running out of control.
Even worse, the new security measures are more likely to cause alarm than to allay passengers' fears.
The President and his family, in an attempt to allay public fears, got shots on prime-time television.
If you consider yourself so morally superior, get out there and allay the fears of the ignorant public.
In order to allay public fears, experts have been hired to conduct a study of the cracks and determine whether they will affect the dams.
the report attempted to educate the public and allay fears
Education chiefs in York have moved to allay parents' fears about the safety of children travelling to school.
There was little the administration could do to confirm the news or allay the fears of the public.
Fearful of being accused of complacency, they fail to allay public fears and often play up hypothetical risks.
But Mr Halloways claimed the majority of residents did want the scheme to go ahead and it was hoped they would be able to allay the fears of the rest.