Homeland security wants Hoosiers to take holiday travel precautions

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 25, 2015)--More than three million Americans will take to the skies Wednesday ahead of Thanksgiving.  That's the highest number since the Great Recession.

Now, homeland security officials are asking travelers to be more vigilant. That means not carrying any prohibited item to ensure the security lines move smoothly.

Homeland security is also listening to social media chatter and working with their federal partners looking for any threats. Right now, there are no threats to the Indianapolis area or the airport. However, officials say if you're traveling, it's important to have a plan.

"Like I always say, you should always be prepared, " said Troy Riggs, Director of Public Safety Outreach, IUPUI. "You could always have a car breakdown. You could always have an earthquake in parts of our nation. You need to be prepared for any type of disaster that occurs, whether man-made or natural disaster. If you have a plan you're going to weather it a great deal better. You're not going to be as shocked and alarmed because you've already thought this through as a family."

Your travel plan could be similar to your emergency action plan from home. You and your family should plan a place to meet and go there in case of any emergency.