Expect tight security at airports this holiday season

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Security at Will Rogers Airport will be as tight as ever, after a series of terror attacks overseas.

"We are very sensitive to what's going on in the world and what could potentially happen at our airport," said Karen Carney, an airport spokesperson. "I think, in this kind of situation, we're always a little bit concerned but I think, again with all the measures that are in place, people should feel comfortable traveling."

Cities across the country have stepped up security, after gunmen and suicide bombers killed 129 people in attacks in Paris.

New York City has deployed a specially-trained task force of 500 officers, and the city of Cincinnati had extra officers and bomb-sniffing dogs at an NFL football game Monday night, according to NBC News.

"I think it's important for travelers to remember that we've always been at a heightened level of security," Carney said. "At this point in time, we don't have anything specific that the traveling public may notice."

But, she said there is a lot happening behind the scenes - things she can't talk about and things the public will probably never notice.

Carney said airport security needs help from travelers to ensure everyone's safety, adding it may be more important than ever to "say something" if you "see something."

"We need all the eyes we can get in these times." she said, pointing out employees have been instructed to be extra vigilant. "We want everyone to be paying attention, looking at things, what's going on, what's happening. We depend on those. That's actually another level of security, to have people looking out."

As the country's busiest travel season approaches, Carney advises travelers to pay close attention to what they're packing in their carry-on suitcases.

"Don't forget your firearm is in your suitcase," for example, she said. "Pack light, get here early and you should have a good holiday weekend."

The Oklahoma City Police Department said it's also keeping a close eye on things in light of the attacks.

In a statement, Capt. Paco Balderrama said:

“The Oklahoma City Police Department is remaining ever-vigilant of any terroristic threats or potential threats which may exist.  As always, we remain in constant communication with federal authorities in sharing intelligence information.  We request the public report any type of suspicious activity to 911.  'See something, say something' is our best advice in dealing with suspicious activity.  If and when a credible threat is present, we will act accordingly.”

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