USC Price School of Public Policy

Equal treatment of air travelers comes at a price most seem unwilling to pay

May 19, 2017

USC Price faculty and CREATE Homeland Security Center researcher Heather Rosoff was a co-author of a new study, published in Risk Analysis, examining what U.S. air travelers would pay to ensure everyone is treated equally in aviation security screenings. Most people surveyed did not want to trade off convenience or wait any longer than five minutes more than usual to ensure that all passengers are treated the same. The USC study also found that women were more willing than men to wait longer and to pay more for airport security in exchange for equitable treatment during selective secondary screenings.