Internet Travel Monitor - Marketing, Research & Tech
May 31, 2017
American Travelers Express Greater Satisfaction with Airport Security Compared to Last Year
Nationwide survey on airport security also reveals increases in 'trusted travelers' & expedited screenings;
top security measure travelers wish would change is removal of shoes
While airport security officials announced a more "comprehensive" physical screening for some airline passengers in March, findings released today from Travel Leaders Group indicate Americans are growing more content with airport security. Nearly 68% of those recently surveyed stated they are "satisfied" and only 14.9% said they are "frustrated" with airport security. The data also revealed a significant decrease in individuals aggravated by airport security wait times compared to one year ago, and there is a growing percentage of travelers enrolling in trusted traveler programs such as TSA PreCheck and Global Entry. The survey was conducted April 3 to April 30, 2017, and includes responses from 2,854 consumers throughout the United States.
"There were plenty of lessons to be learned from last year's struggles with extremely long security lines. Based on our newly released survey data, increasing TSA checkpoint personnel and encouraging more travelers to enroll in TSA PreCheck or Global Entry have had the desired impact," stated Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko. "Our travel agents have been at the forefront of assisting travelers in understanding the latest security measures and taking appropriate actions – from packing tips to advising how early to arrive at the airport. Travel Leaders Group also continues to work closely with the Department of Homeland Security on this topic. Balancing the safety and security of travelers with their comfort and convenience is not easy. But it appears the system is working better today than it was one year ago."
Airport Security Satisfaction: When asked, "What is your level of satisfaction with airport security today?" 67.7% indicated they are satisfied and 17.4% stated they are neutral about today's security measures – which is an improvement over last year.
Overall Airport Security Wait Times: When asked, "With regard to how long it takes to get through airport security, are you…" nearly 52% of consumers polled are "OK with the amount of time it takes." There was a significant drop in the percentage of those stating they are frustrated with how long it takes to get through security; just 4.7% of respondents noted frustration, compared to 13.9% in 2016.
Trusted Traveler Programs: When asked whether or not survey participants have enrolled in …
Eliminate One TSA Security Measure: With regard to TSA security screening at the airport, when asked, "Which of the following TSA security measures would you most like to eliminate?" the top responses were: "removing of shoes" (27.3%), "none, do not eliminate any security measures" (20.8%), "extensive pat-down" (19.7%) "limiting liquids in carry-on baggage" (19.2%), and "laptop removal" (6.0%).
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