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The cost of transatlantic air fare has nearly doubled over the past five years, yet airlines are doing a booming business. Clearly, people today have more money to spend on vacations than they did five years ago.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the argument above EXCEPT:

(A) Most people buying transatlantic tickets today use them for business trips, so air fare is refunded by their companies.
(B) There are fewer airlines in existence today than five years ago.
(C) People are taking shorter vacations and staying in cheaper hotels than they used to.
(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires more time than most people can afford.
(E) Domestic airline flights have seen a steady increase in passengers.
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19 Jan 2006, 07:19
E for me
transatlantic air
Domestic airline no connection
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19 Jan 2006, 07:20
I pick D. It's still cheaper to fly than it is to take a ship. It's not that people have more money to spend, it's that they still have a significant need to travel overseas.
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19 Jan 2006, 10:40
Clearly (C)

" People are taking shorter vacations and staying in cheaper hotels than they used to " => people have less money to spend !
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19 Jan 2006, 10:55
"E" for me.
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19 Jan 2006, 10:59
I would go with E here.
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19 Jan 2006, 11:05
I think people are forgetting that all answers weaken the blurb save one, the right answer, all others but E help to weaken the argument.

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19 Jan 2006, 11:35
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19 Jan 2006, 15:34
I also go with D.

D talks about time not the money.
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19 Jan 2006, 18:09
The stem asks for something that dos NOT weaken the arguement.

I would vote for D, since D centers on time, not money. D is irrelavent, so it is the correct answer.
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19 Jan 2006, 19:17
Matt break the silence. will you
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19 Jan 2006, 20:33
This is how I eliminated 'D'.

(D) Crossing the Atlantic by ship requires more time than most people can afford.

Conlcusion: Clearly, people today have more money to spend on vacations than they did five years ago

'D' means => Since people don't want to waste time in ship, they use plane. It is not that they have more money to spend. Hence WEAKENS the argument.

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19 Jan 2006, 20:33
Tricky CR because it uses the despised EXCEPT.

OA is (E)

OE:

The idea that domestic flights are also booming doesn't sever the connection between booming business and vacation money, but shows more booming business.

The fact that most of the flights presented as evidence aren't bought by vacationers (A) breaks the connection between booming business and vacation money. Airlines can do a booming business even if business as a whole is down, as long as (B) there are fewer airlines. If people are skimping elsewhere (C), then even if they're paying a lot for air fare, they needn't have more vacation money. And if in many cases people have no choice but to fly (D), they must pay the higher fares no matter how little money they have.
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19 Jan 2006, 20:38
I would go with E.
It says that "domestic passengers are increasing " means that people have more money and thats why they r spedning more on domesticc flights and international flights
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