Travel alert from State Department after Osama bin Laden killed - Tampa travelers unfazed by Bin Laden-related alert

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Tampa, Florida -- Despite a worldwide travel alert issued by the U.S. State Department, folks catching early flights at Tampa International Airport weren't worried -- and a few wore sleepy smiles.

Most of the travelers lined up to catch the earliest outbound flights had heard if Bin Laden's death. But none we talked to had any concerns with flying after the death of the terrorist mastermind.

"I travel a lot. I'm just -- I'm all right with it," said Catalina Franco, who was waiting in line for an early jetBlue flight.

Another Boston-bound traveler, Mike Osborne, was wearing a red, white, and blue shirt and said he was confident in the airport's security procedures.

Despite starting his morning sleepily well before sunrise, Osborne smiled when he talked about bin Laden's death at the hands of U.S. military special forces.

The State Department is putting U.S. embassies on alert and is warning Americans abroad of possible reprisal attacks from al-Qaida and its affiliates around the world after the killing of the group's leader Osama bin Laden by American forces in Pakistan.

In a worldwide travel alert released shortly after President Barack Obama late Sunday announced bin Laden's death in a military operation, the department said there was an "enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counterterrorism activity in Pakistan."

It said Americans living or traveling abroad, particularly in areas that have been hit by anti-American violence in the past should limit travel outside their homes and avoid large gatherings.

The alert said U.S. embassy operations would continue "to the extent possible under the constraints of any evolving security situation."

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