Poll: Travelers Seven Times More Likely To Prefer Full Body Scanning Instead Of Patdowns At Security Checkpoints

Nearly half of American leisure travelers feel that airport passenger screening techniques are inadequate. In the national State of the American Traveler survey conducted this week by Destination Analysts, 47 percent of American leisure travelers reported they either "Agreed" or "Strongly agreed" that airport screening techniques were not sufficient. Only one-in-five travelers believe that passenger screening is adequate.

Travelers are also seven times more likely to prefer full-body scanning technology versus pat downs at security checkpoints. In a follow-up question, Destination Analysts discovered that the majority (57 percent) of travelers are either "Comfortable" or "Extremely comfortable" with the use of such technologies -- with only about 16 percent being "Uncomfortable" or "Extremely uncomfortable" with full-body scans.

The State of the American Traveler survey is conducted every six months by Destination Analysts. The Winter 2010 survey was conducted online amongst a nationally representative sample of adult Americans. From January 5th-6th, surveys were collected from persons who had traveled at least once in the past 12 months for leisure. In total, 1,011 travelers completed the survey, which has a reliability of +/- 3.1 percent.

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