Poll: Majority Of U.S. Travelers Cool With Full-Body Scans

A majority of Americans seem willing to sacrifice a little privacy for more security, with a new USA Today/Gallup poll showing that 78% of Americans approve of full-body scanners use in airports.Just 20 percent disapproved of body scans.

In addition to overall approval, Gallup found that a smaller majority (67%) would not be personally uncomfortable undergoing a scan. Forty-eight percent said they would not be uncomfortable at all.

Female travelers expressed a higher level of discomfort (41%) than males (21%). Fifty-seven percent of male travelers would not be uncomfortable at all. Despite that gender disparity, Gallup found that a vast majority of travelers were made more uncomfortable by the prospect of a security pat down, and 84% of respondents thought scans would be effective in stopping terrorists.

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