WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department issued a Worldwide Travel Alert for Americans on Monday, citing “increased terrorist threats.”
The Department said they have information that suggests terror groups like ISIS, Al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram and others are continuing to plan attacks in many different regions of the world.
The Travel Alert is set to expire in February of 2016.
“Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq. Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis. Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services,” the department said.
CBS News reported officials do not have a credible threat, but there will be more security at the nation’s airports come this Thanksgiving.
The network sat down with Scott Brenner, a former FAA spokesperson to talk about the security measures in place.
“Our airport security is not designed to catch somebody right as they’re getting on the aircraft,” he said. “It is designed to start checking people as soon as they start to look for that ticket.”
They look at where you are going, whether it is a round-trip or one-way trip, and even how you pay.
As always,security officials are asking Americans to be vigilant when using public transportation or in public places.
If you see anything suspicious, you are urged to call local law enforcement immediately.
The department also suggested following you local media for updates.