Survey of International Air Travelers Program


The Survey of International Air Travelers questionnaire was developed in 1982 with revisions in 1985, 1990, 1993, and 1996. Changes in content were based on input from the travel industry including an airline user group panel. Format and design changes were coordinated through the U.S. Bureau of the Census. The paper-based survey instrument is available in 12 languages including: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. An English version e-Survey is in limited production.

Questions could be grouped into the relative categories: travel planning, trip data including origin-destination(s), trip expenditures, choice factors and passenger demographics.

As a federal government survey, OMB No. 0625-0227, both the program and any questionnaire changes are subject to clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Although the Survey cannot be changed on demand, OTTI intends to solicit input from the private and public sector stakeholders in advance of making further revisions to the Survey. Since questionnaire revisions will include changes to IT programs these efforts will be subject to the availability of funds.

OMB clearance normally covers a period of three years. Since the program was re-approved in late 2008 the next expiration date is set for December 31, 2011. It is expected that not later than September 2011 a Federal Register Notice will be issued with a 60-day public comment period. All letters obtained as a result of the Federal Register Notice must be summarized and responded to. The package is then submitted to OMB for clearance. The entire review and clearance process of the questionnaire by OMB takes between four and five months.

The questionnaire can be viewed and downloaded by visiting our contractor's site. Once on this page, go to the Questionnaire section.