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Airports step up security for holiday travel in wake of Paris attacks

Thousands of passengers moved through security checkpoints at Louis Armstrong International Airport on Wednesday. (FOX 8 Photo) Thousands of passengers moved through security checkpoints at Louis Armstrong International Airport on Wednesday. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

As millions flew out of airports nationwide, President Barack Obama tried to reassure Americans that the federal government is doing everything possible to keep everyone safe in the face of heightened terror concerns.  

Thousands of passengers moved through security checkpoints at Louis Armstrong International Airport on Wednesday, and given what occurred in Paris, terrorism crossed some travelers' minds.

“It’s something  think about, I can’t say it’s something that I worry about,” said Bradley Narcisse as he waited to fly out of town. "I think we have to be alert, more alert than usual everywhere we go, but it’s not anything that’s going to slow my enjoyment for travel."

President Obama urged the public to go about their holiday travel plans despite recent threats made by ISIS against the White House and New York City.

“As we go into Thanksgiving weekend, I want the American people to know that we are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe,” the president said. "Right now we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland.”

President Obama added that anti-terror agencies are working around the clock in the U.S. and abroad.

“Americans travel this weekend to be with their loved ones. I want them to know that counter terrorism, intelligence, and law enforcement professionals at every level are working overtime," he said. "They are continually monitoring threats at home and abroad, continually evaluating our security posture.”

Travelers moving through Armstrong said they will not give in to the fear terrorists hope to bring about in this country.

“Nothing about ISIS is going to change me of doing anything," traveler Simon Chamberlain said. "We were talking about that before and we’re like, there’s been crazy stuff and we can’t really do anything against that. We’re going to keep doing our stuff.”

The airport would not discuss any stepped-up security measures, but advised travelers to arrive two hours before their scheduled flights.

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