Travelers walk with their bags at San Francisco International Airport, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in San Francisco.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(Bloomberg) – The threat to U.S. airports from terror groups such as al-Qaeda and Islamic State is expected to grow because of instability in parts of the Middle East and Asia, a former high-ranking intelligence official said Thursday.

The focus on fighting Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has allowed al-Qaeda and its offshoots to “rebound” in countries including Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan, said Michael Morell, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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