Osama bin Laden Death Causes U.S. Government to Issue Global Travel Alert

Osama bin Laden Death Causes U.S. Government to Issue Global Travel Alert

Vacation News » Vacation & Leisure Real Estate Edition | By Michael Gerrity | May 2, 2011 1:24 PM ET

(MIAMI, FL) -- On the heels of President Barack Obama announcing the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a raid outside of Islamabad, Pakistan, the U.S. State Department is warning Americans to take extra caution if they travel or live abroad due to the possibility of revenge or violent reactions to the killing of the terrorist leader.

The Government warning said, "Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens in areas where recent events could cause anti-American violence are strongly urged to limit their travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations."

It is not known how the advisory will impact international travel. Many airlines at the Miami International Airport provide service to destinations outside the U.S.

An official at Miami International Airport referred calls to the Transportation Security Administration, which released this statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano: "TSA continually evaluates the latest threats and screening measures which are implemented based on the latest intelligence. As always, passengers may notice a variety of security measures at U.S. airports to include the use of explosives detection technology, physical bag checks, random gate screening, canine teams and behavior detection officers. We ask the traveling public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the authorities."

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