If there's anything we learned about 2010 from travel, it's
that it was a roller coaster year. From publicity stunts, to flight attendants
jumping out of airplanes, to snow blizzards, to the threat of airport revolution
on the day before Thanksgiving. All in all though, it was a great year for
travel and we have even higher hopes for 2011. Below you'll find five things we
learned from travel this year.
Travelers still don't like going through security: 2010 was
a big year for the TSA. This year travelers were introduced to both new scanner
devices and an enhanced pat-down, which didn't sit well with many people.
However, the bigger headache for travelers during the holidays has been
inclement weather that delayed and cancelled flights, and not security.
Be nice to your flight attendants: There was a lot of
discussion this year about the pressure, work, and pay of flight attendants.
This was compounded by the flight attendant who said enough was enough when he
quit his job by shooting down the airplane's slide onto the tarmac. This was a
reminder of the work pilots and flight attendants do, proving the importance of
taking it easy on them and showing our appreciation as travelers.
Many people are letting their vacation days fall to the
wayside: A study earlier this year showed that nearly 500 million vacation days
were given up by Americans. These are unemployed people, but working people
with salaried jobs who have paid vacation days, but who aren't using it as an
opportunity to travel. We wouldn't mind a few of those vacation days.
Travel is increasing again: Many Americans may be losing
their vacation days, but it can't be denied that travel is on the increase.
Statistics across the board show there was an increase in travel this year.
Although it wasn't a spike, travel gradually increased, especially for the
holidays. Many people used holiday packages and other travel deals to travel
more during 2010.
Unlimited flight passes are a hit: JetBlue's All You Can Jet
Pass (AYCJ) has set somewhat of a precedent in the travel industry, with many
other airlines getting in on the action by providing their own unlimited flight
passes. Most of these passes are a fixed price and involve an unlimited number
of flights, typically over the case of a few weeks.