Poll: Most air travelers ok sacrificing privacy for security
November 24th, 2010
10:28 AM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Most air travelers ok sacrificing privacy for security

Washington (CNN) - Do those new full-body screening procedures now in use at airports across the country make you mad? A new national poll suggests that if your answer is yes, you are in the minority.

Despite heavy coverage by the media and calls for a boycott against the procedures, a USA Today/Gallup survey indicates that 71 percent of Americans who consider themselves air travelers say that a potential loss of personal privacy from such screening is worth it as a method to prevent terrorist acts, with 27 percent disagreeing.

According to the poll, 18 percent of people who say they've flown at least twice in the past year say going through a full body scan would make them angry, with 24 percent saying they would be bothered but not angry and 57 percent saying they would not be angered.

When asked about going through a full body pat-down, 29 percent said they would be angry, with 28 percent saying they would be bothered but not angry and just over four in ten saying they would not be bothered.

The results are similar to an ABC News Washington Post survey that was released Monday night.

So, do frequent flyers think these new screening techniques work?

"Regardless of their preferences and whether they had personally undergone one of these procedures, Gallup asked frequent air travelers how effective they perceived these tactics to be at preventing terrorists from smuggling dangerous objects or explosives on board airplanes," says a release by Gallup. "Frequent travelers tend to agree that the full-body scans are more effective than other search methods, but are evenly split on the pat-downs."

According to the survey, 23 percent of respondents say they have flown two or more times over the past year, with 62 percent saying they have not flown at all in the past 12 months and 15 percent saying they've flown once.

The USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted November 19-21, with 3,018 adults, including 757 people who consider themselves frequent air travelers, questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus two percentage points, with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points for those who have flown at least twice in the past year.

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  1. Dave

    This is all in the plan. It's called control. Control all aspects and control travel. It also has to do with conditioning. You are being conditioned to believe this is ok and anormal. This is the future plan. To accept all encroachments as being ok and for your "safety". Mindless sheep believing this is what will keep them safe when these same people rigged it all to begin with and are still pulling the strings on your liberty......."I'd rather be safe".....pfffffffft. Then get off the grid.

    November 24, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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