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After global terrorism alert, Obama tells Americans homeland is safe as millions set off on Thanksgiving travel

After global terrorism alert, Obama tells Americans homeland is safe as millions set off on Thanksgiving travel

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By Roberta Rampton and Kylie Gumpert for Reuters

President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans they are safe as millions of people traveled on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday, with security heightened at airports, New York City's parade festivities and other venues after the Paris attacks.

"Right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland," Obama told reporters at the White House, flanked by his FBI director and other top security officials.

"We are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe," he said.

Nearly 46.9 million Americans will travel over the Thanksgiving long weekend - the busiest U.S. travel holiday of the year - with 3.6 million going by plane, according to the AAA, a motorist advocacy group.

Most U.S. airports reported flights delays of less than 15 minutes, according to tracking websites. Travelers at airports from Washington to New York said they saw heavier than normal security but that traveled was flowing smoothly.

Americans have become more concerned about threats since a series of attacks in Paris two weeks ago killed 130 people and now identify terrorism as the most important problem facing the nation, Reuters-Ipsos polling shows.

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