Poll Reveals Americans Mostly Satisfied with Airport Security
Even in the wake of some alarming oversights by the Transportation Security Administration, Americans remain relatively satisfied with airport security.
According to a recent poll conducted by Travel Leaders Group, 88.4 percent of respondents indicated that they are satisfied with or remain neutral on the current security measures at airports across the country.
That figure is up from 87.5 percent in 2014.
Of the 88.4 percent, 65.8 percent said they are satisfied, with the other 22.6 percent responding they felt neutral. The remaining 11.6 percent of polled Americans said they are unsatisfied with the current state of airport security.
Nearly half of respondents (44.5 percent) said they wish they could get through security quicker, while just as many (44.4 percent) said they are fine with how long the process takes. Only a minority (11.1 percent) indicated that they are frustrated with the length of their wait when passing through security.
"We are entering the peak summer travel season and many people will be flying to their summer vacation destinations. Americans have grown accustomed to enhanced airport security procedures that allow for a more stress-free experience for many travelers," said Travel Leaders Group CEO Barry Liben in a statement. "While a recent watchdog report highlights lapses in airport security screening tests, it's important to note that mistakes are being addressed at the highest levels and steps are being taken to continue to ensure the safety of all travelers passing through our nation's airports."
Perhaps a reason for the improved satisfaction is the emergence of TSA PreCheck, which 14.4 percent of respondents said they use all of the time. More than a quarter of those polled (26.1 percent) said they feel it has reduced wait times for screening.
While a majority of respondents (45.1 percent) said they didn't know if PreCheck was helping reduce wait times, only 14.5 percent said they felt it wasn't helping.
The poll also revealed American sentiments toward recent terrorist attacks near or at popular tourist destinations around the world.
"In our survey, we also asked Americans whether terrorist attacks in popular international destinations would deter them from traveling. Resoundingly, 78.3 percent of those polled indicated they won't let extremists keep them from experiencing what the world has to offer, while just 19.3 percent prefer to travel domestically," added Liben.
The Travel Leaders Group poll was conducted over a four-week period in April 2015 and includes responses from 3,371 Americans.
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