Locals react to travel alert

Chudney Matta, NewsChannel 3 Reporter, chudney.matta@keyt.com
POSTED: 06:31 PM PDT Aug 03, 2013    UPDATED: 09:31 PM PDT Aug 03, 2013 
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -

Travelers at the Santa Maria Airport seemed a little surprised when told about the travel alert. The alert went out on Friday to those traveling abroad. Warnings went out when the State Department learned that al Qaeda affiliates are planning terrorist attacks that can happen before the end of August in North Africa and the Middle East.

Travelers like April Andersen and her son say they weren't aware of the terror threat but it wouldn't change their plans. Other travelers who knew about the alert say that depending on where the alert was placed, their plans wouldn't change either. They would just become more aware of their surroundings.

Alerts are important to travelers but many said they were used to them. 

"It's just a part of the world we live in," said Paul Jamin, a traveler at the Santa Maria Airport.

Airport officials said that while the travel alert was on, they recommend all travelers to arrive extra early to airports because there could be some extra security checkpoints.