Advancements in communication and environmental technology may mark the end of aviation as we know it. Numerous people who were forced to remain at home during the pandemic have gotten a taste of a life in which they spend more time with their immediate families and are just as productive at work. Many meetings that individuals used to travel across the nation to attend are now more commonly streamed online for their convenience. Not only that, but the ability to communicate with loved ones who live far away via Facetime and other video-calling technologies has made it possible for us to see and chat with them. We now have virtual reality, YouTube, and Google Maps, all of which enable us to view other areas of the world in real time, rather than needing to go to these different locations in person to get the whole experience. Is this a sign that the era of air travel is coming to an end? Will the movement to phase out the use of fossil fuels leave the aviation industry behind? To disprove these theories, I have gathered extensive data that validates the continued need for air travel. That the extensive use of technology is only a result of a pandemic that has forced much of the human population to adapt, temporarily. Lastly, aviation has already adapted to the shift towards renewable energy by blending the technology already present in aircraft, with renewable energy.
Prof. Michael Welch, Thesis Advisor
Prof. Michael Farley, Committee Member
Prof. Veronica Cote, Committee Member
Qureshi, Maimunah. (2022). The Human Connection of Travel: Why Air Travel Will Never Go Away. In BSU Honors Program Theses and Projects. Item 559. Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/honors_proj/559
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