1 in 7 Britons think airport security is unnecessary

In a new study undertaken by flight comparison site www.jetcost.co.uk to determine British travellers’ opinions on airport security, one in seven Britons admitted they would prefer not to have airport security. The majority of those polled said that they’d had a negative experience when going through security.

The poll was undertaken as part of an ongoing study into the travel habits of Britons. 2,342 Britons were polled, all of whom were at least 18 years old and had been on holiday abroad in the last 12 months.

All respondents were asked their opinion on the amount of security there is at airports, with 53% saying they think there is too much, 35% saying they thought there was an adequate amount, and just 12% answering that they thought there should be more.

All respondents were then asked if they thought that airport security is a necessary measure, and whilst 84% answered that they thought it was, 16% said that they believe it is unnecessary. When relevant participants were asked why they thought airport security wasn’t needed, the majority answered that it ‘takes too long; (65%), while 31% believe going through security is ‘demeaning’ and 14% believe that it is ‘ineffective at preventing crime’.

A spokesperson for www.jetcost.co.uk made the following comments on the research: “I’m sure that most travellers whilst going through airport security have lamented about the amount of time it takes at some point, but it was very surprising to see that some respondents actually feel there is no need for security at all.

“Whilst it can be a tad frustrating waiting in a queue to pass through security, the safety of passengers must be paramount. The security staff do a great job to keep us all safe, and if you arrive to the airport in good time, you should never end up in a position where you are liable to miss a flight.”

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