Canadian Travelers Conflicted Over
Airport Security Measures For Kids
December 18, 2010 - FlightNetwork, one of Canada's
leaders in online travel, on Thursday announced the
results of their fifth 'State of Air Travel Poll,' aimed
at giving Canadians a voice to weigh-in on the biggest
issues facing the travel industry in 2010.
the wake of major controversy over increased and
invasive security measures being adopted at American
airports, FlightNetwork newest poll asked Canadians to
weigh in on the possibility of similar measures being
the 1000 Canadian consumers polled, 62.9% said they
approve of the new full body digital x-ray machines
being used at major airports in the
support of the security measures cited the need to upgrade
antiquated security systems (18.6%), Canadian borders being too
easy for terrorists to cross (17.2%), the need to support
American airport security measures at both ends of North
American flights (16.2%) and fear of terrorism (12.7%) as the
top reasons that they would support security upgrades.
if children should be exempt from full body x-ray machine scans
at airports, Canadians seem conflicted responding 46.7% 'yes'
and 53.3% 'no'. Similarly, asked if children should be exempt
from a full body pat down if a parent refuses a digital x-ray
machine scan, Canadians responded 41.2% 'yes' and 58.8% 'no.'
were clear on the potential gaps in security that any exemptions
could create. When asked if they believe there would be a major
hole in security if children are exempted from the increased
security measures, Canadians responded with a decisive 64.5% yes
and 35.5% no.
our 'State of
questions posed in the poll revealed that Canadians who do not approve
of the full body digital x-ray machines cite health concerns from
radiation (23.4%) and invasion of privacy (14.6%) as the top reasons for
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