The Disadvantages of Air Travel

Delays and Cancellations

Bad weather can delay flights by hours or days. This can cost you valuable vacation or business time, and can even leave you stranded at the airport. If your flight is canceled, you'll be competing with hundreds of other passengers for hotel rooms or alternate flights, which can be very expensive.


Traveling by air is often more expensive than traveling by train, bus or car. A direct flight from Cincinnati to Milwaukee may take less than an hour, but it can cost hundreds of dollars. It's often cheaper, though more time consuming, to buy a few tanks of gas and drive to your destination.

Luggage Fees

Most airlines, especially budget carriers, charge baggage fees for any luggage you check in. As of September 2010, one airline (Spirit) even charges for carry-on bags. This can add hidden costs to your trip, especially when you must take a lot of luggage along for a long vacation. According to the U.S. Travel Association, traveling by air was the second most popular means of transportation for leisure travel from August 2008 to July 2009. Though air travel is often the quickest way to get from point A to point B, it has many disadvantages as well.