41 million airline trips avoided ... in 2008

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    This is a four-year-old press release -- wonder what the current numbers would be, and when the airlines will quit pretending that it's just the economy?

    U.S. Travel Association Press Release: Air Travelers Avoided 41 Million Trips in Past Year - U.S. Economy Takes $26.5 Billion Hit

    The Travel Industry Association (TIA) today released a landmark survey revealing that deep frustration among air travelers caused them to avoid an estimated 41 million trips over the past 12 months at a cost of more than $26 billion to the U.S. economy. Conducted by the premier, bipartisan polling firms of Peter D. Hart Research Associates and The Winston Group, the research also demonstrated that air travelers express little optimism for positive change, with nearly 50 percent saying that the air travel system is not likely to improve in the near future.

    “The air travel crisis has hit a tipping point – more than 100,000 travelers each day are voting with their wallets by choosing to avoid trips,” said Roger Dow, President and CEO of TIA . “This landmark research should be a wake up call to America’s policy leaders that the time for meaningful air system reform is now.”

    Dow noted that the 41 million avoided trips during the last 12 months rippled outward across the entire travel community costing airlines more than $9 billion in revenue; hotels nearly $6 billion and restaurants more than $3 billion. In addition, federal, state and local governments lost more than $4 billion in tax revenue because of reduced spending by travelers.

    “Many travelers believe their time is not respected and it is leading them to avoid a significant number of trips," said Allan Rivlin, a partner at Peter D. Hart Research Associates. “Inefficient security screening and flight cancellations and delays are air travelers' top frustrations.”

    “A majority of travelers thought that air travel safety was getting better and a majority thought the security was improving as well,” said David Winston, President of the Winston Group. “But there are clear frustrations around efficiency and reliability, which are contributing to travelers avoiding air travel.” The survey found that travelers believe that the air travel system is bad and getting worse, for example:
    • More than 60 percent believe the air travel system is deteriorating;
    • One-third of all air travelers are dissatisfied with the air travel system, with 48 percent all frequent air travelers (5+ trips per year) dissatisfied; and
    • Travelers are most irritated about the air travel process, not the airlines. Issues the federal government can address are travelers’ top concerns: delays, cancellations and inefficient security screening.
    “With rising fuel prices already weighing heavily on American pocketbooks, we need to find ways to encourage Americans to continue their business and leisure travel. Unfortunately, just the opposite appears to be happening.” said Dow.

    Following this landmark survey, TIA will host an emergency summit of travel leaders on June 17 in Washington, DC to discuss next steps for moving this issue forward with policymakers. In addition, TIA has called on each of the major presidential candidates to commit to addressing this issue for the millions of American air travelers – and voters – who face the trials of the antiquated air traffic system on a daily basis and to issue a comprehensive plan to fix major elements of the air travel system during their first term in office.

    The survey of 1,003 air travelers (adults who had taken at least one roundtrip by air in the last 12 months) was conducted between May 6 and May 13, 2008 and the statistical margin of sampling error is ± 3.2 percentage points.
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I'm only one person but I am taking a road trip soon, no airplanes or TSA thugs. Even with high gas prices I think driving our land yatch is a better bargain than giving a penny to the airlines. I have no airline status so probably don't represent much of a loss to the airlines. So be it.
  3. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    It should go without saying that if fewer people are flying, there's a lower chance of them being injured or killed in flight.
  4. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    I can only speak for me, but I need to take a trip in a couple of months.

    I have access to a 2.5 hour nonstop flight in both directions that covers over 800 miles each way. And I would take those flights for free.

    However, both the origin and the destination airports are notorious NoS primary stations with some of the rudest A.S.S. in the US air system.

    So instead I am taking a 29-hour each way Amtrak trip for $800 more than my free flight, with a 5-hour layover. There is no way that I am subjecting myself to TSA ever again.

    Also, the only thing I lose in the train v. the flight is a half day of work. Dealing with the TSA to get on a Barbie jet is just not worth it.
  5. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    It would be GREAT to update this, post Pistole & Co.
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  6. FliesWay2Much

    FliesWay2Much Original Member

    I suggest that the vast majority of those who quit flying in 2008 had the TSA in their top 2 reasons. So, the only ones left are either the Kettles or the AFS crowd.

    To put it in perspective, this survey was in 2008, before the Cancer Boxes and sexual assaults. I would be tempted to say that a similar survey today would produce off-scale results. But, I wouldn't be surprised if the numbers were lower this time around, which would please Pissy no end. My theory is that many of the people who made up the 41 million simply stopped flying and would not be part of the sample this time around.
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  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Not really, a random sample will get both groups, whereupon it depends on how the question is worded, e.g.

    1. Simply asking if they are going to fly in 2012 and if not, why not, would include those who stopped flying in 2008.
    2. Selecting those who've flown more recently and asking if they plan to fly again would exclude them.
    (1) would be a more realistic & informative survey.

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