ORLANDO -- An overwhelming 86% of Americans said their holiday
travel plans would not be affected by the Sept. 11 attacks,
according to a study released Nov. 15.
Of those who said their travel plans were influenced by the
attacks, more than half (54%) said they have canceled or will
cancel a trip, and 35% said they would rather drive than fly.
The survey, conducted by Yesawich, Pepperdine & Brown,
polled 761 U.S. travelers during the week ending Nov. 11, before
the crash of American flight 587.
As far as total future travel goes, including the holidays and
beyond, 22% said they were altering future travel plans. In a YPB
study conducted Oct. 8, 27% said they would change future
Of that 22%, half said they would rather drive than fly, down
from 68% a month ago. And compared with their feelings prior to
Sept. 11, 48% said they were "more likely" to vacation closer to
home; 42% said they were "less likely" to take a theme park
vacation, and 50% said they were "less likely" to take a
Amost half of respondents who plan to travel said they have
searched the Internet for special fares and rates being offered by
suppliers in an effort to move unsold product.