Poll: 61% Oppose New Airport Security Measures

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Ignore the pro-TSA propaganda merchants on the corporate cable news networks.

A new ZOGBY International poll finds 61% of voters oppose the newly enhanced security measures at the country’s airports and 48% said they would probably seek alternatives to flying because of the new, invasive measures.

Airport security has become a topic of heated debate, particularly since Nov. 1, when the Transportation Security Administration implemented a more aggressive pat-down search technique at security checkpoints.

Since the so-called “Christmas underwear bomber” attempted to detonate a bomb on Dec. 25, 2009 aboard a flight bound for Detroit, MI, the TSA expanded use of full-body image scanners that use ionizing radiation called Backscatter X, a known health hazard, to produce images of passengers’ bodies. The radiation blast creates a nude image of passengers to ostensibly detect hidden weapons or contraband.

The TSA is busy adding about 60 scanners a month at the nation’s airports, with a goal of installing 500 machines by the end of 2010. But Constitutional rights groups, including the ACLU, have objected to the new measures, comparing the pat-down procedures to a “groping” and sexual harassment.

The Zogby poll, taken online Nov. 19-22, seems to indicate a change in public opinion over the last few weeks. A CBS News telephone poll taken Nov. 7-10 found that 81% of Americans questioned said they approved of the use of the full-body scanners at airports. The CBS poll did not ask about the new pat-down search techniques.

Of those polled by Zogby, 52% said the enhanced security measures would not prevent terrorist activities and nearly half (48%) said the measures violated passenger privacy rights. Another 32% said they considered the full-body scans and pat-down search procedures to be sexual harassment.

“It’s clear the majority of Americans are not happy with TSA and the enhanced security measures recently enacted,” pollster John Zogby said in a statement.

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8 Responses to Poll: 61% Oppose New Airport Security Measures

  1. Carpe Diem says:

    If the new TSA security measures are so great then I suggest Janet Napolitano send her girlfriend through an airport and get the full TSA treatment and lets film it.

    Then, John Pistole send his wife and children through a TSA zap and grope and lets film it too.

    Finally, I say President Obama should sacrifice the First Lady and his daughters to the TSA and film all of it.

    Make all the video available to the MSM and bloggers and then let’s have this discussion.

  2. mbmdl says:

    As parents, we teach our kids not to let any stranger touch them. The irony is, now we’re supposed to let annoyed and even angry TSA agents put their hands on our children and as parents, we’re supposed to look the other way. The pat-downs are embarrassing and confusing for kids. I think we’re just going to avoid airline travel until the system changes.

  3. lea-lea says:

    Mary Beth raises an excellent point.

    If a stranger feels up a child, the person doing the feeling could and should be arrested. This is completely inappropriate behavior and isn’t tolerated.

    But in the post-9/11 era, TSA agents are suddenly able to place their hands on children’s butts, between their legs and on their privates. This is the new norm and the Federal effort to brainwash Americans into thinking this makes us safer is just so much bullshit.

  4. RoboMonkey says:

    It’s all about intimidation and control.

    http://tinyurl.com/GropeMe

  5. Randy Arroyo says:

    Is that TSA agent doing what it looks like he’s doing to that kid? Disgusting.

  6. Jolly Roger says:

    Unfortunately, this is being manipulated by right wing shills who seek to privatize the TSA and neuter any unions, or attempts to collectively bargain.

    As such, this is a bandwagon I can’t get on. If you hate it now, just wait till the crony contractors come in.

  7. mauigirl says:

    I’m not crazy about any of the so-called security measures at the airports (the 3 oz. liquid rule is particularly absurd). But not because it invades privacy or any of that stuff. Basically if the administration told the TSA to back off and then something happened, the GOP would be thrilled and blame Obama for being lax on security. So he’s between a rock and a hard place. I think we have to stick with this. But what I’d really like the TSA to do is to make sure every bag that is checked is scanned and examined and for our ports to be secure. All it would take is one nuclear dirty bomb in a container ship in NYC harbor and we’d be toast. But it’s so much easier to feel up Grandma and make people think that makes them safer.

  8. concerned says:

    I guys all crazy what does it matter that they’re touching u a bit, its not sexual and they’re just doing the’re job, next you’ll be telling your doctor not to do that. I would rather get patted down and show up 3 hours before my flight if it makes sure my flight is safer. If you dont wanna go through these measures stay home, because I dont want to fly with you if you haven’t benn checked properly

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