How Has Air Travel Changed in the Past Decade?

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Airlines | 6 comments

The air travel industry has changed dramatically in the past decade, and it’s important for travelers to be made aware of these changes before showing up at the airport.

Improved Security Standards

One change travelers will have noticed in the air travel industry is the improvements in safety standards that exist both on airplanes and in airports. Security checks are more thorough and comprehensive, new rules and guidelines dictating how far friends and family members can go within the airport have been created, and new rules about luggage and accessories for passengers have been implemented. These changes, while sometimes inconvenient, have all been developed to protect the safety of air travelers.

The Air Marshal

One change that has been implemented in the air travel industry that most travelers won’t even recognize is the presence of licensed air marshals on many commercial flights. An air marshal is kind of like a policeman in the sky. These armed and trained individuals purchase passenger tickets on airplanes. They are there to monitor passenger safety and intervene if something goes wrong on the plane.

Increased Air Travel Costs

One of the only negative changes to affect the airline industry in the past decade is the presence of constantly rising costs. Air travel today is incredibly more expensive than it was ten years ago, and there are a few reasons for these cost hikes. First, the fuel used to power the airplane engines themselves has increased in price. Huge airline companies have to purchase massive amounts of fuel, and when they are required to pay more “at the pump,” they have to pass those price increases on to customers in order to continue guaranteeing a profit. Airports are also charging airline companies higher fees because of the need for added personnel at the airport. Someone has to pay for increased security measures, and the person who ends up paying is usually the traveler.


In spite of the increase in air travel costs, most of the changes that have affected the air travel industry have been implemented to protect and serve the needs of the traveler. In spite of past airline tragedies, the airplane is still the safest method of transportation around. So, if you have collected a vast amount of credit card airline miles, it’s time to put your concerns aside, recognize the vast improvements that have been made, and schedule that dream vacation you’ve been longing for.

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6 Responses to “How Has Air Travel Changed in the Past Decade?”

  1. yes. improved security standards. especially after 9/11.

  2. Flying is becoming very pricey indeed but there also are so many low cost companies and offers that if you book in advance you can get a good deal 🙂

    • I usually find the trick is actually to book well in advance or just at the very end when the airlines are trying to fill up spaces (if you can handle the uncertainty)…but there always good deals

  3. I didn’t even know the role of an air marshal until watching a movie recently (Bridesmaids!), that featured one in a really funny scene! Very informative, thanks for sharing!

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