RDU (WTVD) -- The Thanksgiving holiday travel season is already underway and like so many airports, the Raleigh Durham International Airport is full of people heading out of town for the holidays.
Some are even heading out of the country.
"We're going on vacation and we're seeing a friend renew her wedding vows," said Mary Beth Welch.
Welch is leaving the Triangle with her children, Coner and Hope, to spend the next five days in Prague.
"I've never been to Europe and I'm super excited to go abroad," said Welch's son Coner.
The family is looking forward to the trip and not letting the recent warning from the U.S. State Department ruin their plans.
Just recently, authorities with the State Department have confirmed increased threats from militants with the Islamic State, al-Qaida, Boko Haram and other groups. The State Department warns Americans should be on be on high alert for possible risks as extremists have targeted major venues and heavily traveled areas, such as transportation hubs.
"I feel like appropriate measures have been taken everywhere, so I feel pretty confident," said Welch.
Sarah Moore and her family echo that confidence as they get ready to leave for a three week adventure to Romania, Austria and Hungary.
"Just show up prepared and have everything ready to go," said Moore.
East Carolina University student Gerald Garvey is flying home to New York and said the increased security had him showing up earlier than normal.
"I definitely took that into account," said Garvey.
"As we approach the busy holiday travel season, I want to assure the public that TSA is taking every measure to protect the millions of air travelers in the coming weeks and to secure our aviation system," said TSA Administrator Peter V. Neffenger. "The U.S. has the safest aviation security system in the world. TSA employs a robust security system involving multiple elements of security, both seen and unseen, to protect the traveling public."
Airport spokespersons said Tuesday, November 24 through Sunday, November 30 is their biggest travel time and expect more than 265,000 people to fly to and from RDU during that time.
To keep everything running smooth so authorities can focus on security they share these travel tips:
Tips for Families
For more travel tips, visit www.rdu.com.