"Airplanes have been falling out of the skies regularly"
Really???? Where and what airlines???
"Sometimes of their own volition, and sometimes courtesy humans"
So the plane just drops out of the sky because the onboard computer says it doesn't want to fly anymore???? Courtesy humans, thats a nice name for terrorists. Do they serve tea and biscuits while they hijack???
"It is just that when airplanes fell over American cities, with television there in full living colour to blitz our senses with re-runs, that it takes on a larger than life picture."
I didn't think they fell. I was under the impression that some lunatic piloted them into the towers. The TV
was there in full living colour was it??? Funny about that, I'd never of thought that since NBC, ABC, CBS and probably half of Americas TV
was based there that there would be a TV
camera to record it.
"And we haven't even got started on how the tipping epidemic is one reason fewer people travel to the US now."
So people aren't going to travel to the US because of tipping??? What study from India State University says that???
For my two cents on the topic, if we have a general movement in air travel to the low cost, no frills model, why isn't it reasonable to expect that people will cut their discretionary spending at their destinations as well??? I'm sure there is research out there showing the spending per capita of the tourists that are coming to the cities. If you attract the budget concious travellor on your LCC airlines or even on the mainline carriers with discount fares to fill the planes, then they are going to be budget concious at their destinations as well.
I dont think this is the death of discretionary international travel, rather the US carriers will have to adjust to the fact that not as many people will fly there and those that do will be paying less than what was the norm. Recovery will come as confidence is restored and this will happen once all the new security measures are down pat and people get used to them. Once they are 2nd nature, just like carrying your passport, the tourists will come back and spend money.