Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Survey: Biggest frustration with airport security measures is shoe removal rule
By Kelly Yamanouchi
The Atlanta (GA) Journal Constitution
As the busy summer travel season begins, a travel agency company has released a survey of travelers asking what airport security measure they’d most like to eliminate.
The top response: Removal of shoes, with 27.3 percent of respondents saying they would most like to eliminate that security measure, according to the survey by Travel Leaders Group.
Nearly 20 percent said they’d like to eliminate extensive pat-downs.
About 19 percent also said they’d like to get rid of the limit on liquids in carry-on baggage.
And 6 percent said they’d like to eliminate the laptop removal rule.
But 20.8 percent of respondents said none of the security measures should be eliminated.
It’s worth noting that travelers who go through expedited screening in TSA PreCheck lines get a chance to avoid some of the requirements, by keeping their shoes on and keeping their laptops and permitted liquids in their bags. Applying for TSA PreCheck costs $85 for a five-year membership.
Of the survey respondents, about 39 percent said they are enrolled in PreCheck, while 2.1 percent said they had enrolled in private security line service Clear.
Overall, 67.7 percent of those responding to the survey said they are satisfied with airport security, an improvement over last year when long lines plagued airport security checkpoints in Atlanta and elsewhere.