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TSA and Airport Security in the USA

There has been a lot of controversy regarding TSA screening policies for US domestic flights. I'm doing research on public perception of the latest screening methods, as well gauging how much people are willing to sacrifice in the name of security.

1. Demographics: Please choose your gender.

71% (133) Male
28% (53) Female

186 voters have answered this question.

2. Demographics: Please choose your age range.

22% (41) < 18
34% (65) 18 - 29
32% (61) 30 - 55
10% (19) > 55

186 voters have answered this question.

3. Demographics: Please choose the answer that best describes you.

84% (158) I am a US citizen, permanent resident of the US, or a Canadian national who frequently visits the US.
3% (6) I am a foreign national (other than Canadian) who frequently visits the US.
11% (22) I am a foreign national and I rarely (if ever) visit the US.

186 voters have answered this question.

4. Have you recently (in the last year) been a passenger on a US domestic flight? Do not include domestic portions of international flights.

66% (123) Yes
33% (63) No

186 voters have answered this question.

5. Which of these primary screening methods have you been subjected to in the last year? Leave this question blank if you answered "No" to question 4.

86% (122) Traditional walk-through metal detector
42% (60) Advanced Imaging Technology (whole body scanner)
17% (24) Explosives trace-detection portal machine (puffer)
36% (52) Traditional back-of-hand pat down
40% (57) Enhanced pat down

141 voters have answered this question.

6. Which of these secondary screening methods have you been subjected to in the last year? Leave this question blank if you answered "No" to question 4.

41% (40) Traditional back-of-hand pat down
49% (48) Enhanced pat down
31% (31) Resolution pat down (only the area that triggered an alert is patted down)
49% (48) Removal of some clothing in the area that triggered the alert

97 voters have answered this question.

7. Which of the following best describes your experience?

23% (43) I chose the primary screening method used.
33% (63) I was directed to a primary screening method by a TSA agent and I did not opt-out.
14% (27) I was directed to a primary screening method by a TSA agent, but I chose to opt-out.
28% (53) I have not been a passenger on a US domestic flight in the last year.

186 voters have answered this question.

8. How do you feel about the Advanced Imaging Technology (body scanners)? Choose the BEST answer.

31% (59) I'm okay with AIT as a primary screening method.
23% (43) I'm concerned that AIT may have adverse effects on my health.
13% (26) I think AIT images are too detailed. / I'm concerned that images can be stored and copied.
31% (58) I'm uncomfortable with AIT. / I think AIT amounts to a strip search.

186 voters have answered this question.

9. How do you feel about enhanced pat downs? Remember, the enhanced pat down is the front-of-hand, close contact feel. Choose the BEST answer.

26% (49) I'm okay with enhanced pat downs as both a primary and secondary screening method.
40% (75) I think the enhanced pat down amounts to sexual abuse and I'm not okay with it at all.
22% (42) I'm okay with enhanced pat downs as a secondary (or resolution) screening method only.
10% (20) I think the enhanced pat down amounts to sexual abuse, but I'm okay with it as a resolution screening method.

186 voters have answered this question.

10. What is your preferred primary screening method? This is not what you think other people should be subjected to, but rather what you would choose if given the option.

59% (111) Traditional walk-through metal detector
17% (33) Advanced Imaging Technology (whole body scanner)
8% (15) Explosives trace-detection portal machine (puffer)
3% (7) Traditional back-of-hand pat down
10% (20) Enhanced pat down

186 voters have answered this question.

11. Some people are uncomfortable with AIT and enhanced pat downs. Would you be willing to undress in private as an alternate screening method?

16% (30) Yes - I don't mind this or the other screening methods
5% (11) Yes - But I would only be willing to undress to my underwear
13% (26) Yes - I prefer a nude visual inspection over AIT and the enhanced pat down
52% (98) No - I would never volunteer to be strip searched
11% (21) No - I don't mind AIT or enhanced pat downs

186 voters have answered this question.

12. US law prohibits strip searches at the airport (excluding Customs), and the TSA has a policy explicitly forbidding forced removal of clothing. Do you think TSA agents should be allowed to force removal of clothing (in private) to resolve alarms?

39% (73) No - I value my protections against unlawful searches
24% (45) No - The TSA would abuse this power
11% (21) Yes - As long as it's only used to resolve alarms from primary screening
25% (47) Yes - The TSA is charged with ensuring passenger safety and they should use this option at their discretion

186 voters have answered this question.

13. Have recent changes in TSA policy deterred you from flying?

17% (32) No - I have to fly so I deal with it
31% (58) No - I don't mind current screening methods
17% (33) No - I have been lucky enough to avoid screening methods that I don't like
30% (56) Yes - I have chosen alternate transportation or cancelled trips and will continue to do so for a while
3% (7) Yes - I have avoided flying in the past but I'll probably start again

186 voters have answered this question.

14. Do you think children should be subjected to the same screening methods as adults?

43% (81) Yes - Everyone should be screen equally
43% (81) No - Children should be exempt from AIT and enhanced pat downs
12% (24) No - Children should be screened in private

186 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2011-03-08 04:51:32 by steve78934
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