Baggage, security top list of air travelers’ frustration

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Air travel is getting more frustrating, according to a new survey by the U.S. Travel Association.

Two out of five air passengers wish for some other form of transportation this holiday season. In fact, travelers want two gifts: an expansion of the trusted traveler program to allow more people into a faster screening process and a change to luggage policies that include the price of checking a bag into the total ticket price.”

“Our research shows that reducing hassle without compromising security will encourage more Americans to fly – as many as two to three additional trips a year – leading to an additional $85 billion in spending that would support 900,000 American jobs,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association.

When it comes to holiday air travel, most passengers pack heavy and bring their gifts. A majority say they will check at least bag.

When it comes to holiday air travel, most passengers are uninformed of airline and security policies.

• Most passengers (56 percent) are unaware of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) new pat down policy for children.

• More than one third (35 percent) of passengers don’t know how much airlines will charge for their checked bag.

When it comes to holiday air travel, a striking number of passengers would rather not fly.

• Two out of every five passengers (39 percent) would rather take another form of transportation than fly to reach their final destination.