U.S. Issues Worldwide Travel Alert

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DFW INT'L AIRPORT -- The recent events in Paris have had a ripple effect across the entire globe, including right here in America. The U.S. State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert to Americans.

It's in response to threats made from members of ISIS, and in some cases, copycat bombers. The alert also warned that even groups that aren't affiliated with ISIS might be inspired by the attacks on Paris.

And with Tuesday being one of the busiest travel days of the year, it's a warning travelers can't afford to take lightly. But we spoke to at least one DFW traveler who isn’t letting the heightened threats spoil their holiday plans.

"Everybody should be aware of what the situation is and your surroundings,” Jackie Basile told NewsFix. “But it shouldn't keep us from doing what we normally do."

Others like Todd Taylor were a little more worried, "With all the threats going on around the whole globe you never know when or where it could happen, so it just kind of keeps you on edge."

It's not just the travel that's receiving attention this year, but events surrounding the holiday as well. Extra security is in place for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

Alerts from the State Department usually focus on travel to specific countries, so that makes the worldwide alert more alarming. If you're traveling by plane for the holidays, be prepared for longer security lines and a more in-depth screening process. In other words, it's a good idea to get to the airport even earlier than usual.

But it's all in the name of getting everyone to and from their families in the safest way possible, something we're sure all travelers are thankful for.


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