SWFL travelers take heightened international travel alerts in stride
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Despite recent heightened international travel alerts, Southwest Florida travelers are concerned, but not worried.
Nearly 20 U.S. embassies and consulates that were shut down due to a possible terrorist threat will remain closed for the rest of the week.
This action comes amid the U.S. State Department issuing a heightened travel advisory for Americans traveling to countries in Northern Africa and the Middle East.
"It makes you scared to travel, because you kinda don't know what's gonna happen," said Sue LaPierre.
As planes land at Southwest Florida International Airport, some travelers are concerned about security as the U.S. reacts to "credible threats" to international interests.
"People that look like us, sometimes they're not," said LaPierre.
Despite U.S. officials stressing that those "credible threats" do not specificy any domestic targets, tensions are still rising for traveleers here at home.
"If it's gonna happen it's gonna happen," said another traveler. "So you just do what you can."
While some remain confident that the U.S. is not a target, some high ranking security officials worry that terrorists could strike anywhere at any time.
"It could be Europe, it could be the United States. It could be a series of combined attacks," said (R-NY) Congressman Peter King.
Even as public officials express skepticism about the ambiguity of a terrorist threats, some are taking it all in stride.
"People are paying attention, people are aware. They're gonna find a way to do it.," said Melissa Lawson. "So you can't live your life running in fear of it."