Could we live without flying?
The ban on flights over European airspace is slowly showing the problems we would have if we could not fly. People being stranded was only the most obvious consequence of ash clouds grounding flights. Many industries have been badly affected due to relying on air travel or air freight. Could we manage without flying for an extended period?
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Other ways to travel
Bike, Car, Boat, Train and any others will get you to most of the places you need to go. There are not many people who NEED to travel to the other side of the world and when there were no planes those who were really determined to go seemed to manage well enough.
None of these methods of transport will get you to Australia in a reasonable period of time. There is no other speedy way to travel around the world like flying.
Humans lived without flying for years
Flying is not a necessity for the human race to excel;for many years,people were content with other means of transport as a way of getting around. Of course,flying is quicker and more convenient, however it is also expensive and damaging to the environment, therefore if for some reason flying was stopped humanity would just have to revert back to their previous approach to life.
The event of technology can be seen as part of human evolution. We live our lives according to our surroundings. We now have become reliant upon flying and we now could not live without it. It is not as simple as cutting out holidays. Our economic infrastructure rests upon flying. The way in which we import ad export products is based around the aviation industry. They way in which world leaders meet in order to discuss urgent matters is based around the aviation industry. Therefore, we cannot live without flying on an economical nor a political level.
It is all dependent on people's lifestyles and attitudes
Travel without flying has always occurred. The recent situation where planes were grounded in Iceland, due the explosion of the volcano, meant that people had to use alternative forms of transport in order to arrive in the destination they had planned. This shows that it is people's attitudes and lifestyles that stop them using other forms of transport, such as ferries, cars and trains, as an alternative to air travel.
If everyone who had a busy lifestyle was forced to slow down, such as by the grounding of planes then other methods would be more likely utilised if the reason for travel was important enough. Travel using alternative methods may even make up for job losses in the airline industry, by creating more jobs on the railways and on ferries that could be made more regular.
The price of alternative travel methods also needs to change if there is to be any impact on the use of non-airline travel. Airlines have offered gradually cheaper prices over the years for their services, which ferry and train companies need to match or even beat. This would attract more people who are interested in travel for travel's sake, such as students or those on a gap year, and could even give local economies based along travel routes a boost. Those who could not afford to travel by alternative means may also be attracted to other ways of visiting new destinations.
It seems that it is people's lack of knowledge, and mostly the lack of an agent to help book a journey using alternative, and maybe multiple methods of transport, that seems to be hindering growth in the area of travel by other means than aeroplanes. However, this is changing and a number of websites have sprung up offering advice on where and how to travel, with many popular destinations becoming available, examples of which are listed below.
Using the above points as arguments it can be seen that a world without flying is a possibility as long as we try to adapt to it, or that adaptation is forced upon us, although the primary method is preferable.
It depends on government investment and priorities
If high speed trains and reliable bus services were funded, promoted and made convenient, flying could return to being a highly taxed luxury rather than a necessity. Businesses that depend on air-freight would have to adapt to higher prices or find alternative methods. Middle managers would have to use video-conferencing. Holidaymakers would have to factor in the real cost of air-travel into their plans and, if Iceland is entering a new volcanic phase, accept possible last minute disruptions as part of the deal.
we cant live w/o air travel...
It would be impossible to live without air travel... Most quick transatlantic things happen by that mode of transportation. Sea travel would take longer than by auto travel.we really cannot live without air travel because it is is fastest means of transportation . also in the time of emergency we would not wait days for the train reach our destination or would not wait months in the ships and etc .and i think that the fligts are creating no harm to the ozone layer .
We can't live if we continue damaging the ozone layer with regular flights.
Trains(including super-fast mag-levs) are a far-more Eco-friendly way of traveling and only sudden emergencies require immediate travel; travel in the shortest period of time. Most things are so important that they can not be delayed for a day.
An American company flies a safer, fast and as Eco-friendly
as before version of the Zeppelin. Maybe consider expanding on that mode of transportation.
Volcanic ash should come as a wake-up call; we need to develop/better/ameliorate other modes of transportation; pronto.
Sea travel varies in terms of speed.
Commercial submarines are not common but demand creates supply.
There are many industries that rely on flying
Many products, especially foodstuffs which have a short lifespan, have a limited domestic market and rely on air transport to shift their products from one country to the point of consumption [[http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/19/business/global/19impact.html]]. This doesn't just affect the airlines who collect the fares, but the global economy loses out to the tune of many billions even if the skies are shut down for a short time, as they were during the period when ash from the Icelandic volcano covered the sky.
Over time, the markets will adjust to not being able to export their goods and find domestic markets instead. We will learn to appreciate what we grow ourselves in our own country instead of flying exotic foods from the other side of the world.
Imported fruit and vegetables
We have become very used to the idea that all foods should be available in all seasons. Most of us don't bother looking at the label when buying strawberries or tomatoes, but they've often come from halfway around the world where the climate and seasons are different. If there were no air travel, we'd have no way of getting this exotic produce from the farms to our supermarkets and our diet would be severely restricted to what we could grow and store here. More potatoes anyone?
Just because it would be a big change for us to stop eating imported produce, it doesn't mean we couldn't live without it. We could easily feed ourselves on what we grow in our own countries, as our ancestors have done for the vast majority of human history that preceded air travel.
Medical help and organ transplantation
Time is crucial factor in this case. Also reaching difficult areas in short time is not possible without using air transportation.
Extinguishing fire in forests using land based transportation is mostly impossible not mentioning practicality.
What do you think?