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Local travel agents on alert after worldwide travel advisory

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Americans across the country are keeping an eye on the Middle East and North Africa.

U.S. officials say they have information that Al Qaeda may be planning some sort of attack focused in those areas. That has prompted them to issue a worldwide travel alert to that area.

Gregg Humble has been the president of Humble Travel Services in Cedar Falls for nearly 20 years.

In that time he says alerts like this have happened before, but nothing this large.

"But this is a very large alert in scope in terms of the area they're talking about and so there's a lot of countries besides the Middle East. We have a lot of African countries which could possibly affect some customers," said Humble.

Humble says when they got the world wide travel alert they checked to see if any of their customers were heading out to those countries. Then they checked to see if any customers were there currently.

He says so far they haven't had any customers wanting to travel in those areas.

"We talk to like a tour operators that we work with and ask them well what's their feeling about the situation over there," said Humble.

Another Iowan keeping an eye on the situation, Senator Tom Harkin. He says so far his trip to Ethiopia next week is on, but he knows that could change.

"I know that I as a senator, I will pay attention to what they say and be careful about where I'm going to, and of course I may not be allowed to go some places because I am a senator," said Harkin.

As for Humble, he says it might be important for people planning to travel to invest in travel insurance.

"Because it does cover maybe a terrorist incident happening possibly and so that's something to consider when they are making the decision to travel," said Humble.

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