Even before September 11, hoaxes, rumors, and gossip about travel and world threats to travel flew faster than most airplanes. These tend to spread fear and even more rumors and gossip.
Add to the rumors the growing instability of many US airlines, the threats of airline strikes, bankruptcy, or even suddenly closing their doors, and there is a lot of travel gossip that needs to be stopped, or at least checked out before you go.
Find the truth. Check the news about the specific airline, especially in the financial websites and news. They are always eager to beat each other to the news reports about an airline strike or bankruptcy. Read the reports closely as there may more rumor than facts, so check several sources if it starts to validate the claim.
Here are some resources for checking out the truth so you can get busy with your travels and leave the fears behind.
- Snopes2 Rumors
- Urban Legends
- Hoax Busters
- About Urban Legends
- US State Department Travel Advisories and Warnings