Disinclined to Complain About Air-Travel Safety

In the aftermath of 9/11, Americans were jittery about the safety of airline travel. Nowadays, they’re more likely to be jittery about the price of the tickets. An Ipsos/McClatchy poll conducted this week found a majority of respondents satisfied that airlines and airports have done enough (or more than enough) to ensure passengers’ safety.

One question in the poll asked whether respondents think U.S.-owned and -operated airlines have done enough since 9/11 “in terms of safety improvements on their planes.” Fifty-two percent said the airlines had done enough, and another 10 percent said they’d done “too much.” Thirty-eight percent said the airlines had not done enough.

As for airports in the U.S., a majority of respondents said they believe those facilities have done either enough (50 percent) or too much (15 percent) since 9/11 “in terms of safety improvements and screening requirements for passengers.” Thirty-five percent said the airports had not done enough. Considering the human penchant for complaining about things, the poll’s “not enough” numbers seem remarkably low.