No Threats, Extra Security for Thanksgiving Travelers

It's expected to be the busiest Thanksgiving travel week since 2007
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2015 6:59 PM CST
No Threats, Extra Security for Thanksgiving Travelers
Officials say travelers can expect extra layers of security during the week of Thanksgiving.   (Kent D. Johnson/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Officials say there are no specific threats to Americans over the Thanksgiving holiday, but travelers can expect heightened security and extra delays regardless. The Los Angeles Times cites two anonymous law enforcement officials, who say there are no additional security measures being put in place for holiday travelers to address recent Islamic State videos threatening attacks on New York City and Washington DC. Experts have deemed those threats not credible. However the officials note law enforcement and aviation security are already on heightened alert following the attacks in Paris and the destruction of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt.

ABC News reports travelers can expect extra layers of security at airports and train stations—typical during any holiday season. There will be increased patrols at airports, tunnels, trains stations, and more in New York City. And Amtrak is deploying additional security personnel at various locations. Officials say the extra measures are necessary because of the high number of travelers over Thanksgiving. According to the Times, an estimated 25.3 million Americans will fly somewhere next week—the most since 2007. (More Thanksgiving stories.)

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