(WDTN) – An alert has been issued by The U.S. Department of State: Consular Affairs towards all U.S. citizens making holiday, or end-of-the-year travel plans.
The department says there could be risks of increased terrorist threats.
Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups are continuously planning terrorist attacks in various, widespread regions.
Dayton native, Lisa Fortener got home Monday night from a business trip in London. Ten days ago she landed in Paris just hours before the deadly terror attacks.
“Lots of people were worried cause they knew we got diverted to Paris, so that we were glad to hear we missed all that,” Fortener said.
On the way back home, Fortener said she noticed security lines were moving slower.
“Make extra time. When we were in Washington we were afraid we wouldn’t make our flight cause the lines were huge and this is a Monday night,” Fortener said.
Authorities believe the groups’ attacks may utilize a variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons, targeting both government and private entities.
The State department urges those traveling anywhere to be on the look out for possible danger when in large, crowded public places. Especially during the holiday season.
Middletown resident, Jeff Wilbers hopes the alert will help stop a possible attack before it happens.
“It’s going to make us more aware of what’s going on around the world. It’s going to make us more secure. Anything can happen. It can happen here at any time. I’m glad we’re alert and ready for action,” Wilbers said.
Government officials also recommend travelers to follow the instructions of local authorities, stay in touch with family members and have a plan in place to reach one another in case of an emergency. The State department also tells the public to expect additional security screenings.
“The security may be a little bit longer but there’s a reason for that. They want to make sure everybody gets to where they need to be, safely,” Fortener said.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution,Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).