Regardless of your stance on President Trump’s international travel bans, airports and travelers across the U.S. are grappling with delayed fights, congested airports, political protesters, and disgruntled passengers. In light of evolving travel restrictions, like the ban on carry-on electronic devices on flights from Muslim-majority countries, we surveyed 400 travelers for their views and habits regarding international travel. Based on survey findings, here are five tips for navigating the current international travel conundrum:
1. Assess the Situation: Although the majority (87%) of those surveyed will not be making immediate changes to their travel plans, half say they will avoid traveling to the Middle East. Depending on the nature of your travel plans, take time to assess the risks associated with your destination, as well as alternatives to your particular situation. Similar to travelers we surveyed, you may be just as concerned about the threat of global terrorism this year as you were last year and its potential impact to your international business travel.
2. Arrive Early: Of those surveyed, 39% say they will plan ahead and leave earlier for the airport. When it comes to navigating airport security lines, seasoned business travelers have it down to a science. Although many rely on the TSA pre-check, and global access to bypass increased security measures such as shoe removal and liquid checks, these options will not get you around traffic jams and ban protesters. When traveling internationally, most (47%) travelers we surveyed rely on the hotel concierge to determine how early to leave for the airport, while 32% feel more comfortable following airline recommendations.
3. Avoid Public Transportation: When traveling to a region where personal safety is a concern, 30% of those surveyed avoid public transportation, 12% avoid ride-shares, and 5% avoid hailing a taxi. Instead, to get them from point A to point B safely, 28% rely on a black car or limousine service, like GroundLink — available in 110 countries around the world. Car service reservations can be made as soon as you book your flight via www.groundlink.com or our mobile app.
4. Choose Travel Hubs Wisely: When setting your travel itinerary, consider which travel hubs you’ll use and how they may impact your schedule. According to those surveyed, New York’s JFK Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), and Miami International Airport (MIA) are ranked the worst airports for international arrivals, customs, and immigration operations. If you have the option, choose to arrive “home” through Denver, Dallas, or Houston, which respondents ranked as the three best airports.
5. Stay Informed: With courts continuing to challenge President Trump’s travel ban, the situation is constantly evolving. As an international traveler, be proactive by staying current on both national and international events, monitoring the current travel restrictions, and complying with any corporate travel policies implemented by your employer. The U.S. Department of State’s website (travel.state.gov) provides travel alerts and warnings for international travelers to consider for safe travel overseas.
Click here for more details on GroundLink’s International Travel Habits survey.
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