From Road Warriors to Road Worriers

Terrorism and a turbulent economy are putting a chill on corporate travel -- more bad news for airlines, car-rental outfits, and hotels

The attacks on the World Trade Center in New York might keep many executives rooted to terra firma, but not Gary Smith. The CEO of optical-equipment maker Ciena (CIEN ) returned to company headquarters in Linthicum, Md. on Sept. 16 after a European business trip What's more, Smith expects to keep flying. With customers in China, Europe, and Latin America, Ciena executives fly all the time to seal deals and take care of high-level negotiations.

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