The new body scanners and enhanced pat downs may not have had a great effect on airline ticket sales over the holiday weekend, but ElJet, a private jet charter out of Los Angeles, boasts a 30% increase in bookings over the Thanksgiving holiday compared to last year by advertising a "pat down alternative." If you feel the new security measures violate your civil rights, or if you simply want to avoid the additional hassles, you can team up with other travelers and charter a private jet. Finances permitting, private jet charter can be a more convenient and logical substitute to long-distance commercial flights when compared to the other alternatives of going by rail, boat, or automobile.
The private jet industry has also experienced economic gains acting as a substitute to corporate jet fleets. According to an article in Business Day, many large companies are faring better economically but are still reluctant to invest in their own corporate jets and choose instead to use chartered jets to fly their executives to multiple meetings while avoiding the hassles of commercial flights.
If the body scanners and enhanced pat downs are here to stay, the demand for private jet charters might increase as consumers are given more time to adjust their flight plans; however, complacency with the measures may result in a decreased demand in the long run. The use of chartered jets should increase as the economy improves, but the use might decline as corporations recover enough to reestablish their own fleets.