ITA: International air traffic ex-USA down for 2010 vs. 2009

Discussion in 'Travel' started by Mike, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Unfortunately it appears we'll have to wait another 10-11 months for the 2011 vs. 2010 data, but last year's report (released 26 Sept) for 2010 vs. 2009 show moderate increases for international air travel by U.S. citizens to close-in destinations (Canada, Mexico, Caribbean), substantial drops in U.S. citizen air travel to most other areas, excepting the Middle East (demand is probably artificial due to military operations) and a small increase to Africa:

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    It's also discussed in the L.A. Times: Fewer Americans traveled abroad last year

    The pundits are still in denial about TSA & blaming it all "it's the economy, stupid", but if you look at the month-to-month data, the worst declines are at the end of the summer when people realized that the Nude-O-Scopes had become the primary screening method and in Nov-Dec when Scope or Grope was implmented:​


    (Note that the images I'm posting are snips of a pair of columns & a pair of rows from the report. If they're not lining up correctly for you, please go to the report & find the data in the complete tables.)​
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  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Just thought of something -- remember National Opt Out Day last Thanksgiving? TSA claimed it was a flop because hardly anyone was opting out (assisted to some extent by their closing many of the Peep Show Lines). Meanwhile the anecdotal evidence (no hard data available at the time) was that air traffic was off last Thanksgiving & Christmas -- plenty of space in parking ramps, which had not been the case in previous years, planes not full.

    Now take a look at the figures above for November & December, 2010: -12.1%, -16.3%. The hard data is coming in. :D Would like to see the combined domestic & international figures!
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