SWFL travellers react to travel threats

Posted at 7:14 PM, Nov 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-24 19:14:53-05

Travelers across the globe are on edge as we approach Thanksgiving, one of the busiest holidays of the year.  The U.S. State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert in the wake of terrorists attacks around the globe.

This includes the massacre in Paris that left 130 people dead and hundreds more hurt.  The state department says several terror groups are still planning terrorist attacks in multiple regions.

"We think in Fort Myers is safe, but we're going to New York, and then we're going on to Chicago."  Rex and Joanne Schad are from Fort Myers and plan to spend the holiday in New York. Rex says the recent terrorist attacks are in no way going to affect his trip.  "We don't like it, but we're 83 years old."

Officials from the U.S. State Department say terror groups like ISIS, al Qaeda, and Boko Haram continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. There are also individuals who might carry out their own attacks.

"I hope we do something about it soon," says Joanne Schad.

The state department hasn't had a worldwide alert since December 2014.  Now they're urging travelers to be aware this holiday, especially in public places or using mass transit.  And don't be surprised if it takes you a little longer to get through security this holiday season.

The state department says Americans will be under this worldwide travel alert until February 24th of next year.

Meanwhile, airports are getting jam-packed as Thanksgiving draws closer.  This travel period is expected to be the busiest in eight years, with more than 46 million Americans expected to journey away from home.