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What Is The Most Frustrating Thing About Airport Security?

Airlines & Airports | Gabe Zaldivar | June 03, 2016

What Is The Most Frustrating Thing About Airport Security?

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Airport security lines are annoying. Thanks to, we now have a better understanding as to which ways they are frustrating to fellow travelers.

The travel website surveyed over 2,000 American travelers about the bane that is security at airports.

We imagine general eye rolling ensued before respondents screamed, “Where do we begin?”

Thankfully, the website shared their findings with the rest of the Internet in the form of an article entitled, “The waiting game: A survey of Americans' airport security experiences.”

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As you can see the most frustrating part about waiting in line is, in fact, waiting in line. We will pause for you to pick up your jaw.

In all seriousness, it’s the longevity of that line that has made many completely alter how they travel. 59 percent actually said that they would now arrive two hours ahead of time for their next airport venture.

Consider that long lines have become remarkably more common, as 54 percent claim to have been in a long line in the pas three months.

But what’s really interesting is the fact that even those lines have nothing on the rest of those bumbling, fumbling travelers.

Yes, 31 percent found that waiting in line was the least favorite part of security. However, the most frustrating belongs to unprepared travelers (34 percent). It makes sense. Consider for just a moment that the one thing you discover at the very end of an egregiously long TSA line is a bunch of people who you think are slowing down the entire line. It’s ridiculous, but we blame those few slowpokes for the entire half-hour we just spent in line.

Fear not, because the website also unveiled its 16 rules of airtiquette: Airport edition, which should go a long way to helping travelers who are visiting an airport for the first time. Judging by our recent trip, there are countless travelers out there that need to read and re-read this article.

The overall theme is to be prepared. Get your necessary cards and ID out as you meander the winding line and put the rest of your belongings in your bag. And you know very well that you’re flying, so dress in a manner that will allow quick undress of shoes and belts.

The TSA obviously needs to alleviate a great number of issues on its end. However, if we all move along as if we know what we’re doing, then perhaps we can get to our gate without missing our flight, which isn’t something we can say for seven percent of respondents.

We imagine those few are still fuming.


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