Poll: 86% of Frequent Flyers Give TSA Two Big Thumbs Down

PreCheck Silver Lining to TSA’s Troubled Security Protocol

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Results for this Frequent Business Traveler poll are based on online surveys conducted between August 24 and October 1, 2014, with a random sample of 2,746 adults, with an average age of 39.1 years, residing in all 50 of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.  In addition, 6% of respondents lived outside of but traveled within the U.S.

To determine frequent travelers’ opinions of the TSA, Frequent Business Traveler magazine repeated the same survey questions used in its August 2013 poll on the same topic.

For results based on the total sample group, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±2.4 percentage points.

The survey was designed by Basex, a market research firm.  Through organic and viral contact, we received 2,746 complete responses from travelers who fly on average 9.1 times per year for business and 5.6 times annually for personal reasons.  The sample was designed to provide the perspective of those travelers who frequently traverse TSA checkpoints at a variety of airports.

The respondents to the 2014 Frequent Business Traveler poll are highly educated.  Within the pool of survey takers, 47.4% completed college, 33% earned a masters degree, and 16% have a Ph.D.  While this group is not at all reflective of American society as a whole, it is reflective of a population that travels frequently and has far more experience in dealing with TSA checkpoints than the casual flyer.  Underscoring that, 97.6% of respondents are members of at least one frequent flyer program, roughly half of the respondents take more than ten business trips a year, and a quarter at least 25.  In addition, 59.3% of them make at least five trips annually for personal reasons.

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