86% of Frequent Fliers Dissatisfied With the Transportation Security Administration

P eople who fly frequently continue to be dissatisfied with the Transportation Security Administration and regard the screenings at airport security checkpoints to be ineffective, according to a survey which was conducted by Frequent Business Traveler magazine in conjunction with FlyerTalk.

According to this article written by Jeremy Del Nero which accompanied the survey, 86 percent of the 2,746 participants who were surveyed said they believe that the Transportation Security Administration is doing either a fair or poor job of managing screenings at airport security checkpoints throughout the United States. Two-thirds of frequent fliers agreed that the screening procedures of the Transportation Security Administration are ineffective at preventing acts of terrorism on an aircraft.

Here are the pie charts which reflect the statistics, courtesy of Accura Media Group LLC:

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“For three years in a row, our survey has demonstrated that an overwhelming percentage of the traveling public believes that the TSA needs to do a far better job in managing the nation’s airport security checkpoints”, said Jonathan Spira, who is the editorial director of Frequent Business Traveler magazine. “Our readers, which include the world’s most frequent flyers, have repeatedly pointed out that there are better, cheaper, and more effective ways of accomplishing what is a necessary task.”

I personally never did think much of the Transportation Security Administration or its efficacy pertaining to airport security since its creation was signed into law by George W. Bush — who was the president of the United States at that time — on November 19, 2001 in response to the terrorist attacks conducted on September 11, 2001

…but I will admit that over the years, the agents of the Transportation Security Administration at airport security checkpoints have in general been more respectful overall as well as more civil in their tone when conducting business — and I agree with the survey that the Transportation Security Administration Pre✓ program has been a bright spot, as I have found it to be so convenient that I felt the difference that one time my boarding pass did not indicate that I was pre-qualified, which was when I was at Los Angeles International Airport connecting to a flight to rome operated by Alitalia. I did not yet cover that aspect of my unintentional trip around the world

…not to mention that with the Transportation Security Administration Pre✓ program, I virtually never am subjected to one of those full-body image scanners which I despise.

In other words: keep me qualified for the Transportation Security Administration Pre✓ program where I do not have to remove the shoes from my feet or pull out the liquids sitting “comfortably” in their bag, and I am happy.

Do you agree with the results of the survey as conducted by Frequent Business Traveler magazine? What are your thoughts?

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