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Majority of Viewers Say Government Should Spend More Money on Airport Security


Airplane Travel Safety
One-quarter of viewers feel unsafe on an airplane since attempted terrorist attack

Flemington, NJ, January 6, 2010 – A new media study among 300 Americans revealed that the majority (74%) reported that the government should spend more money on improving airport security after watching an interview with a former Department of Transportation inspector.

The study was conducted earlier today by HCD Research using its MediaCurves.com® website to obtain viewers’ perceptions of an interview with former Department of Transportation Inspector, Mary Schiavo in which she addresses issues regarding airport security. To view detailed results go to: www.hcdi.net or www.mediacurves.com.

 After viewing the video the percentage of viewers who reported feeling “not at all safe” on an airplane flight increased from 14% to 25%. In addition, the percentage of viewers who reported that the government does an adequate job of maintaining air travel safety decreased from 51% to 34% after viewing the video.

 Among the findings:

 Should the government spend more money on improving airport security?

 

Total

Yes

74%

No

26%

 Please indicate how safe you would feel if you were to go on an airplane flight.

 

Before Video

After Video

Very safe

13%

8%

Safe

38%

30%

Somewhat safe

36%

37%

Not at all safe

14%

25%

Do you think that the government does an adequate job of maintaining air travel safety?

 

Before Video

After Video

Yes

51%

34%

No

49%

66%

While viewing the video, participants indicated their levels of interest by moving their mouse from left to right on a continuum. The responses were recorded in quarter-second intervals and reported in the form of curves. The participants were also asked to respond to post-viewing questions.

Editors/Reporters: For more information on the study, or to speak with Glenn Kessler, president and CEO, HCD Research, please contact Vince McGourty, HCD Research, at (908) 483-9121 or (vince.mcgourty@hcdi.net).  You can also receive updates from MediaCurves.com by following us on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/mediacurves and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Flemington-NJ/MediaCurves/86691908820

HCD Research is a marketing and communications research company headquartered in Flemington, NJ.  The company's services include traditional and web-based research.  For additional information on HCD Research, access the company’s web site at www.hcdi.net or call HCD Research at 908-788-9393.  MediaCurves.com® (www.mediacurves.com) is a media measurement website that provides the media and general public with a venue to view Americans’ perceptions of popular and controversial media events and advertisements.

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RE: Air Travel Safety
by birder47 (User #220470) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:30 PM (#4221)
Obama is not doing enough because he wants to be friends with Muslum countries when they want to kill us.
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by vendor47 (User #231484) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:30 PM (#4222)
The people that are hired to do security checks at airports should take their jobs a little more seriously
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by joyjoy (User #201063) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:30 PM (#4223)
The video showed how inefficient governments can be.
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by Quasigrue (User #49607) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:30 PM (#4224)
I wanted to point out that I think the current hysteria and this rush to put new body scanners in is ridiculous. The new scanners being talked about would NOT have found the material in the Christmas Day event. I think we're seeing a LOT of fear mongering that is politically motivated, mostly directed at finding scapegoats and assigning blame. We're never going to have 100% protection. It's simply not possible. Do everything we can and when something like this happens, LEARN from it...apply the lessons in rational, meaningful ways. What we're seeing now is based on fear and THAT is what signals what terrorists want.
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by cdajeanne (User #213943) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:30 PM (#4225)
If I am not mistaken, the airlines are a private industry. Therefore people don't have to fly so if they will not allow a full search, they should seek alternate forms of transportation. Allow profiling and body search.
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by gthornbe (User #213888) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:30 PM (#4226)
Communication and cooperation between agencies is needed. We need to put $$$ there rather than at the air ports. It is too late if a bomb/bomber gets to the airport.
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by aham4u (User #232577) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:30 PM (#4227)
Just like with everything. People will slip through the cracks. Up until recently security has been good at airports. I believe with any type of security position people will get lackadaisical and that is when things will happen.
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by cathymchristy (User #232525) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:31 PM (#4228)
Just wanted to say due the government allowing immigriants into the US..was the start of all these issues we are having now...By this action of letting them into the US..Who know's how many Terrorist are just lying in wait to do some major damage to the US...
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by hinter (User #222189) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:31 PM (#4229)
when are we going to get the right procedures in place like profiling muslims
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by dynotmt (User #219664) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:31 PM (#4230)
I think there is a good possibility I will never fly again, due to 9-11.
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by jpakab (User #227904) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:31 PM (#4231)
You can't stop everything. As JFK said all one man has to do is be willing to trade my life for his.
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by bartrise (User #218331) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:31 PM (#4232)
I have said it before and I will say it again, airport security should go to a private company.
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by asterman (User #224394) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:31 PM (#4233)
I think that any airline could have a terrorist on the plane. The passengers who could be terrorists should be on the no fly list and should not be able to board the plane. The passengers should not have to fight the terrorists on the plane. That is not good security.
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by yamakaze (User #231269) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:31 PM (#4234)
The government should be doing what Israel's airline El Al does, profiling. We will waste billions inconveniencing our travelers while worshiping at the throne of political correctness and gain not a whit in security. Hiring hundreds of thousands of bureaucrats and putting them in an agency under the rubric of "security" is a fraud. It's just another federal jobs program, and the only people accountable are the passengers, who must fend for their own safety, as they always have and will continue to have to do. I feel the government considers passenger safety on all forms of transportation an afterthought to take a back seat to increasing bloated budgets.
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by gvanhee (User #215008) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:31 PM (#4235)
It's customary and all too easy to play the blame game these days. Yes, we were lucky that this incident didn't result in a tragedy. Now it's time to solve the problem and NOT make another political football out of it. When we become pragmatic enough to quit pointing fingers and work together to get things done, the chances of actually solve problems go way up.
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by rnd_hughes2907 (User #232605) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:31 PM (#4236)
The government doesn't really need to spend more money, just analyze how they spend and ensure the programs in use actually work rather than spend money to have little to no effect at all. Private industry security companies, with a higher price, would be able to set higher standards towards personal investigation before being allowed to fly.
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by Scottsdalegal (User #220171) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:31 PM (#4237)
The only reason I will continue to fly is that my grandbabies live about a 1 hour intrastate flight away, and these little local flights do not seem to be targets. I would not fly on an international flight.
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by Lysistrata31 (User #232630) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:31 PM (#4238)
The real problem is that these organizations do not communicate properly with one another. We should not be forcing passengers to not carry on shampoo or juice, or take batteries out of children's toys and pretend it's making the country safe. Instead we should be targeting people who have traveled to certain countries, and have met with anyone in a terrorist organization. It's impossible to stop a man acting alone in a small way, but it is totally expected to stop a man who has met with terrorists and is going to kill by explosion or some other mass killing. The government is never funded enough to fully complete the joby done. This should recieve the proper funding to fulfill all the suggested improvements to our system.
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by janestephan (User #211859) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:31 PM (#4239)
made me even more scared to fly
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RE: Air Travel Safety
by Romie1 (User #218958) on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 @ 12:22:31 PM (#4240)
It is apparent to me that no discussion or contact between Safety Regulators has occured again. By again, I refer to the 9/11 attacks.When will the Government get it straight? There are some mindless idiots out there killing for the joy of it and we have to do everything in our power to stop them and save human life. Coordination and the passing up of any terrorist threat is a must do. Until this happens every time a threat is validated we are unsafe to travel.
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