East Texans not worried about travel alert

East Texans not worried about travel alert
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Because of those attacks and searches on Monday, the United States government put out an alert for all American travelers worldwide. The alert comes just days before one of the biggest travel holidays, Thanksgiving.

"I don't feel threatened at all," said Chie Cornish, an East Texas traveler.

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and also one of the busiest for travelers.

"A lot of people booking for the Christmas holiday, and we're starting to get people in for spring break and the summer of 2016," said Lisa Sepulvado, a travel agent.

In the past months, several countries across the world have been victims of deadly attacks. With groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda continuing to plan terrorist attacks, law enforcement will have a stronger presence during the holiday season. Some East Texans feel that the chances of an attack happening here at home are slim to none.

"I feel like there's more of a chance of a car wreck happening than a terrorist threat here in Texas anyway," said Taylor Lopez, who has family traveling.

This is one reason Sepulvado said threats shouldn't make you cancel your travel plans. She said people should just be a little more cautious and plan ahead.

"I don't think that they should stop traveling. I think they should be a little more aware when they travel," Sepulvado said. "One, they need to be at the airport earlier then they normally are because the lines are longer."

Some East Texans agree and said that this year isn't different from any other.

"I don't, nor do I usually; it's the same threat usually," Lopez said. "It's the same threat each year, it's just been kind of blown up since the Paris attacks."

"I haven't had anybody who has been wanting to cancel or postpone because of this yet," Sepulvado said.

The alert doesn't mean do not travel but to simply be more aware and alert.

Sepulvado said if the alert was during the summer it would have affected more East Texans because that's when most of us travel abroad.

A reminder, the travel alert is for all US citizens and it is until February 24, 2016.

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