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Travel warning impact

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The new global travel warning specifically warns of two terror groups operating in East Asia and the Pacific.

The report by the U.S. State Department says Australia is at risk of terror attacks, while the Philippines and Malaysia are common targets for kidnappings and ransom schemes.

And Hawaii?

"Yes, of course we have targets here given the large presence of the U.S. Armed Forces in places. Beyond that, it's the large population that we have here," said Hawaii Pacific University political science professor Carlos Juarez.

Even if Hawaii is never hit by terrorists, Juarez believes heightened airport security measures -- if prolonged -- could have a ripple effect on Hawaii's number one industry.

"There's likely to be much slower progress getting through the lines of (airport) security. It will slow and frustrate people on long flights," he said.

"The worst case scenario would be that if people began to hold back their travel plans on airplanes. We depend on that and we need the flow to continue."

Hawaii has had at least one terrorist take up residence here.

In 2008, the FBI says New York native Abdel Hameed Shehadeh traveled to Pakistan to train with Al Qaeda.

He moved to Oahu in 2009, was arrested here a year later and now faces up to 21 years in prison.

It's a reminder that global terrorism has no borders.

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