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Travelers at CVG discuss concerns after worldwide travel alert

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At the start of one of the most busy travel weeks of the year, the State Department issued a worldwide travel alert. The alert was issued over possible risks due to increased terrorism threats.

On Monday night, hours after the alert was issued, we talked with some travelers at CVG about the alert. Some hadn't even heard that the alert had been issued but other people said they weren't surprised given all of the attacks that have happened overseas lately. Everyone we spoke with said this alert will definitely make them more aware of their surroundings during their travels.

Whether they’re flying to another country or flying from another country, millions of folks will take to the skies this week to make it home for the holidays.

 "Our plan is to head to Rome,” said Brady Barlow from Lexington. “This is the busiest travel week of the year."

"We came here from New York and from New York we came from Moscow and from Moscow we came from Russia," said traveler Anna Tolbert.

In light of the busy holiday travel season, the State Department issued a worldwide travel alert on Monday, asking citizens to exercise vigilance in public places or while using transportation.

"You always have in the back of your mind that there will be a threat but at the same time you can’t let that paralyze you," Barlow told us.

The alert was issued after multiple attacks  in France, Denmark, Turkey and Mali as well as the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt which ISIS has claimed responsibility for, according to the State Department.

"That plane, from Egypt, it was going from my city,” Tolbert said. “It was my neighbors, it was my people so yeah it got pretty close. Before that I had no problems traveling at all." But Tolbert, just like many other travelers we talked to, didn't want the threats of terror attacks to impinge on their freedoms to hop on a plane and fly across the country or across the world to spend time with their loved ones.

"It’s pretty scary if you ask me,” said traveler Mike Casaraz, who flew into Cincinnati from L.A. “I’m just glad I’m here and we just hope that everyone gets to their destination safe and have a good holiday. I was nervous a little bit after what’s been going on, you just don’t know, but I’m here celebrating."

The State Department said that U.S. citizens should factor updated information into personal travel plans, and urges anyone with specific safety concerns to contact local law enforcement authorities.

The worldwide travel alert will remain in effect until February 24, 2016.

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