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Some Fliers Prefer To Stay Grounded This Holiday Season

Posted November 13, 2001

— Next week is traditionally one the busiest travel times of the year, but this year some weary fliers would rather stay grounded during the holiday season.

Troy and Shirley Parrott had been planning their cruise vacation for almost a year. They admitted they had second thoughts about flying Monday morning, but only briefly.

"We found out it wasn't terrorism and that made me feel better," Troy Parrott said.

Their resolve to fly comes at a time when AAA is reporting air travel is down more than 30 percent. Amtrak may be picking up some of that traffic, up 4 percent compared to the start of the holiday season last year. Those who are not leaving the driving to others are doing it themselves.

Travel agent Bob Gani said one of his clients even canceled a flight to Disney World Monday because of the plane crash in New York, preferring to drive. He said the incident could not have come at a worst time for the industry.

"It leaves a chilling effect for some people who won't fly anymore. Then there are others who won't fly at all," he said.


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