2 In 3 Non-Flyers Fear For Safety, 1 In 3 Hate The Hassles

Airlines, Air Travel and Bailouts

(WASHINGTON, D.C. September 24)--About 1 in 5 Americans (18%) say they have changed air travel plans or will do so as a result of the terrorist hijackings on September 11. Since only about half of all Americans fly more than once a year, that 18% represents between one-third and two-fifths of total airline travel.

Most of the changes in plans were due to fears for safety and security, but some have to do with the airport and airline response and the long lines and hassles that ensue. More than two-thirds of the non-flyers (69%) changed plans due to safety concerns, but a significant minority (32%) say it is because of hassles or other reasons, suggesting that almost one-third of non-flyers would come back to the air if the long lines and hassles disappeared.

Between Friday, September 21 and Sunday, September 23, 2001, Ipsos-Reid Express interviewed a representative sample of 1000 adults nationwide by telephone. Results are accurate within a margin of error of 3.1%.


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