Before we go on, if you haven’t already Click here to take survey
All media and the TSA are reporting zero problems at TSA checkpoints today with lines much shorter than normal. NOOD, National Opt-Out Day, must be a failure.
Not. A few key points. By all appearances the number of people flying today seems at an all time pre-Thanksgiving low. Until actual stats come in this is purely anecdotal, but it seems a lot of people have stayed away from air travel because of TSA. I’ll also note that Amtrak is busier than ever with many media outlets reporting a lot of traveler stating that they’re choosing alternatives to their normal air travel because of TSA.
Second point – TSA are not using the full-body scanners. Reports from across the nation are that the scanners are either not being used at all or only very sporadically. Clearly TSA got a message this past week.
OK, some very quick survey results starting with the race to see what forum generates the most responses.
Crusty Logic: 5*
No Response: 187
* I assume that a major portion of the No Responses are actually Crusty Logic folk since I didn’t add this question until 5 days after the survey went up – so I’ll give myself a nominal second place 🙂
Brief top responses:
2.2% Canada, OZ, Switzerland.
Plus respondents from 18 other countries
3% homosexual male
14 Domestic R/T
3 Int’l R/T
28 trips through TSA per year
22% have been through full-body
73% have opted out
55% of travel is business, 45% is leisure
Impact on future travel:
35% eliminating future air travel until TSA changes
12% reduce air travel by 80%
10% reduce by 60%
23% reduce by 40%
68% of those who’ve been through new TSA procedures multiple times say that it gets more difficult emotionally with each time, 31% say it stays the same.
A very quick calc of the stats indicates that 73% of respondents fly at least 4 round-trips per year thus at least nominal frequent flyers (I should have included a question on silver/gold/plat status – oh well).
Note: That 35% eliminating future travel seems rather high. Other numbers are not out of reality.