On Aug. 10, when
British police arrested 21 people in connection with a terrorist
plot against planes flying to the United States, the rules of
travel changed once again. In late August, M&C
surveyed planners to find out how this incident affected their
meetings and attitudes.
Just 21 percent of the 249 respondents said they are
now more afraid to travel. The largest number, 45 percent, said
they were happy to comply with restrictions on liquids and gels in
carry-ons, while 41 percent find the new rules a hassle. Just three
percent said they never carried the banned items anyway, and 11
percent griped about having to check more bags. Forty-five percent
of the sample said they are now checking more bags when they fly,
vs. 22 percent who aren’t and 33 percent who haven’t flown under
the new rules yet.
As for meetings, only 22 percent said their
organizations would react to the news by planning more meetings
accessible by car or train, while 53 percent said their
destinations wouldn’t change. The remaining 25 percent don’t know
if they’ll plan more drive-in meetings.
Some respondents expect to be placing
more meetings in the States, as almost a third of those surveyed
(30 percent) will plan more domestic vs. international meetings as
a result of the recent threats. When they do go overseas, 86
percent of the respondents said they will not avoid using
Technology companies might be seeing a
small boost in business as a result of the thwarted attack; 18
percent of the sample said they will be planning more webcasts or
audioconferences to avoid making their attendees travel.