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Canadians feel safer in the air after 9/11

Aug. 31, 2011, Ottawa - A new poll suggests many Canadians feel air travel is safer now than it was before the 9/11 attacks.


August 31, 2011
By Carey Fredericks

The Canadian Press-Harris Decima survey found that almost four out of 10 respondents feel flying is safer today, while a majority say it is just as safe.

Only seven per cent feel air travel is less safe a decade after the terror attacks in New York and Washington.

The survey also found that two-thirds of people reported they are flying just as much as they did before the attacks, with just over 10 per cent saying they are flying more.

Pollster Doug Anderson says the survey results suggest that the security measures put in place since 9/11, or public awareness of these measures, have improved people's sense of safety.

Harris Decima interviewed just over 1,000 people between Aug. 18 and Aug. 22 and the poll is considered accurate to within plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.