2010 Trends - Change is in the Air
For sure, 2009 was a tumultuous time for airlines and travelers, with all kinds of dumb moments, crippling fees, an overzealous TSA, underwhelming airline employees, and extreme danger matched only by the equally amazing heroism.
Going forward, our experts say 2010 is going to see a lot of blowback for the airlines, especially as relates to the fees. Security will be tighter, and people might decide to stick closer to home, skip air travel altogether and take to the road instead.
A few quotes from our experts:-
Relaxation of silly airport security habits like confiscating tweezers, duty-free alcohol and nail clippers and likely increase in full body scanners. - Mark H. (Travel-Wonders.com)
Baggage fees and other incremental fees will become increasingly popular “points of differentiation” among airlines. The request by airlines to measure carry-on baggage will increase. Congress will step in and enact legislation capping baggage fees and other incremental fees. - Willy Volk, Gadling
In the U.S., with the experience of flying becoming ever more frustrating, people will increasingly drive to domestic destinations (the number of people who tell me they basically HATE to fly anymore is truly amazing). - Barbara Weibel, HoleInTheDonut
Air travelers will continue to claim that want ala carte air fare pricing, while complaining about being nickle & dimed to death about individual fees. - Mary Jo Manzanares, PlanetEye Traveler, Traveling with MJ)
In summary, what 2010 means for air travel & travelers - less ’silliness’ from the airlines, fullbody scanning becomes a permanent reality, pushback against increasing airline fees, and travelers frustrated with the choices (or lack thereof) giving up on non-essential air travel.