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(03/27/03) -

U.S. Travelers At Ease With New Security Measures

(CPOD) Mar. 27, 2003 – The measures recently implemented in airports in the United States are making travelers feel more secure, according to a poll conducted by Equation Research for USA Today. 78 per cent of airport users think they are safer as a result of the new standards, and 67 per cent are getting used to extra searches and checkpoints.

(CPOD) Mar. 27, 2003 – The measures recently implemented in airports in the United States are making travelers feel more secure, according to a poll conducted by Equation Research for USA Today. 78 per cent of airport users think they are safer as a result of the new standards, and 67 per cent are getting used to extra searches and checkpoints.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a government agency created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has taken control of security checkpoints in U.S. airports. The new measures implemented by the TSA include asking passengers to remove their shoes and overcoats, and screening portable computers. Some travelers are directed to secondary screening lines, where they undergo further searches. Also, all checked baggage is subject to trace detection for bomb-making materials.

The U.S. government ordered additional security measures when the terror alert was raised from yellow to orange, in the wake of the war against Iraq.

Polling Data

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: “I feel safer as a result of airport security measures.”

Strongly agree

18%

Somewhat agree

60%

Somewhat disagree

15%

Strongly disagree

7%

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: “Airport security measures are becoming more of a hassle.”

Strongly agree

23%

Somewhat agree

40%

Somewhat disagree

27%

Strongly disagree

10%

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: “I am getting used to the extra security and I do not mind it.”

Strongly agree

29%

Somewhat agree

48%

Somewhat disagree

16%

Strongly disagree

6%

Source: Equation Research / USA Today
Methodology: Online interviews with 2,146 American adults, conducted from Mar. 18 to Mar. 21, 2003. Margin of error is 2.5 per cent.