Government urges Thanksgiving travelers to be vigilant

Source: NBC News

Americans traveling to be with their families for Thanksgiving will face more intense security checks and longer lines with the State Department’s global travelers warning.

“It worries everybody, but if you’re confident and you have faith, what else can you do?” Hartford resident, Wanda Valle told NBC Connecticut.

“Whatever is going to happen is going to happen.”

NBC News reported:

The bombing of a Russian jet, the attacks in Paris and threats in Brussels had already put the world on edge. The State Department’s Monday night alert — warning that Islamic militants are planning attacks in “multiple regions” — only added to the jitters.

A State Department spokesman said Tuesday the point of the directive was not to discourage travel but to encourage Americans “to be very prudent, very vigilant.”

U.S. authorities note that there is no specific threat to transportation networks and that precautions to keep travelers safe are being stepped up.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs three of the nation’s busiest airports and other travel hubs, said its police force is on “heightened alert” at all facilities.


“Actions include increased patrols and checks of bags, buses, trucks and trains at agency locations. Travelers also are reminded to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to police or other authorities,” the agency said.

The Transportation Security Administration is asking passengers to arrive at the airport two hours before departure for increased screenings — and to be aware of what’s going on around them.

“We encourage travelers to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement,” the agency tweeted Tuesday, in response to a question about how seriously ticket-holders should take the State Department alert.

Watch the video, via NBC News.


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