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Travel advisory not affecting most local travelers

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A worldwide travel advisory from the U.S. Department of State is in effect for all U.S. citizens in light of possible terrorist threats from Al-Qaeda. Travel experts in Las Vegas say locals probably won't notice any changes in operations at McCarran International Airport.

The alert, which focuses on the Middle East and North Africa, warns anyone traveling abroad to be cautious at tourism attractions and while using public transportation.

FOX5 spoke with Ireland native Maeve Bradley at McCarran Friday afternoon as she and a friend prepared to fly to New York. The duo is spending the summer in the United States before heading back home in a couple of weeks. They say they had concerns when they first heard of the travel alert.

"Of all places in America (New York has) been a hotspot for terrorism before, so we were concerned about where we were going," Bradley said.

Clare MacDonald, travel agent and owner of A Destination Travel, says travelers like Bradley don't need to be too worried. She says the advisory focuses on the Middle East and North Africa, which are regions her clients don't want to visit.

"People are pretty aware of what's going on in the world and they're pretty careful. I haven't had anyone change their trip because of a possible problem," said MacDonald. She says while American consulates and embassies are closed in light of the possible threat, it will be difficult for Americans to get the proper paperwork to visit the targeted areas.

The U.S. Department of State recommends anyone with plans to travel abroad to visit their website and enroll in their Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to get updates on threats or terrorist activity at their destination.

A Las Vegas Metro Police spokesperson said the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center is aware of the alert, but there are no direct threats in Nevada or the United States. The spokesperson said anyone who sees suspicious activity should call law enforcement immediately.

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