on November 11th and a follow-up to a similar study of travelers in late September, found that most travellers are still experiencing varying consistency in the nation`s airport security, while airports marginally shorten security delays.
A new poll by Travelocity.com, completed on November 11th and a follow-up to a similar study of travelers in late September, found that most travellers are still experiencing varying consistency in the nation`s airport security, while airports marginally shorten security delays.
As in the first poll, Travelocity.com members reported their experiences from trips through more than 100 U.S. airports. The study found:
—Security standards are still seen as inconsistent across the nation`s airports - 79% of respondents (versus 83% in the previous poll) said security was not at all or only somewhat consistent. Overall, the study showed fewer people are experiencing long delays.
—Momentum is building for a National Travel Card. 73% said they would voluntarily use a National Travel Card, which would contain personal identification information that would help speed them through security. This number increased dramatically from 45% in the study of travellers in late September.
—There is strong evidence that a personal travel tax credit - currently being considered by Congress - would stimulate travel. 55% of participants said they would be “extremely likely” or “very likely” to schedule an additional leisure trip if Congress passes the Travel America Now Act. Another 33% would be “somewhat likely” to take an additional trip.
—More than half of survey participants agree the federal government should oversee security at U.S. airports
—While a majority of travellers (55%) believe the Federal government should oversee airport security, the number declined from 69% in the October poll.
—Denver International Airport tops the list for longest waits due to security—
Travellers departing from Denver were the most likely to report delays of more than 60 minutes during the security screening process, while those at Rochester, N.Y., were most likely to note delays of less than 30 minutes.
Travelocity.com distributed surveys via e-mail to members who had booked travel between Oct. 4 and Nov. 4, 2001. Data was collected Nov. 8-11, and a total of 6,286 members participated, with 5,588 respondents having travelled since Sept. 11. Survey questions were sent to Travelocity.com members via the company`s regular e-mail newsletters. To ensure data quality, duplicated responses were omitted from final findings.
Meanwhile, Robert Laney, Director, 1st-Air.Net, a company specialising in services for Premium Class travelers, reports on recent personal experiences flying internationally in the latest Premium Class Travel News. For a copy of the newsletter, contact the 1st-Air.Net Web site. Mr Laney reports that there are inconsistencies in security procedures world-wide, but that e-ticketing “remains alive and well”
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