Air Scares Prompt People to Embrace Slow Travel
Planes, trains, and automobiles may soon be boats, trains, and automobiles.
Peter Ward, the founder of Medical Digital Media, a video production company, woke up Thursday to the news of the Air Algerie crash in the Sahara and decided he’d had enough. He booked a train to take himself to a business meeting in California instead of flying.
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Some are opting to use the train for business travel (Photo: Getty Images)
"I just don’t want to fly right now," Ward said, citing the Air Algerie and Malaysia Airlines crashes as the chief reasoning behind his decision. “It’s not a reason to panic, but it’s a great idea to travel with a lot more caution — less headphones and more awareness — so I have allocated time to take the train to Chicago and do meetings there before taking a train from Chicago to California and back.”
Ward added that although he runs a company that requires him to take meetings in other states, “because of recent events I’ve had to rethink how I do business. So if I have a meeting in Ohio, I will try to set it up in Pennsylvania so I can drive.”
Ward isn’t the only one shying away from air travel right now.
“People will absolutely think twice about getting on a flight right now,” said Jeff Wise, the author of “Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger.” “It feels like a completely rational thing to not want to get on their planes at this point.”
Others are opting for travel by car (Photo: Getty Images)