Fear of flying

    Air travel has become increasingly cumbersome since the last attempt at blowing up a plane. and passengers seem to have accepted tighter security regulations with a mix of relief and impatience as new technology makes privacy even more elusive. Is this creating a climate of fear?

    Air travel has become increasingly cumbersome since the last attempt at blowing up a plane. and passengers seem to have accepted tighter security regulations with a mix of relief and impatience as new technology makes privacy even more elusive. Is this creating a climate of fear? Also, health care reform waiting in the wings, keeping tabs on the economy and more in this week’s What Are We Thinking with Frank Newport, Editor-in-Chief at the Gallup Poll and WHYY’s Dave Heller.

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    This week on What Are We Thinking:

    – Are Americans more worried about airplane travel?

    – There’s much talk about the use of “full body scans” – those machines at airport security checkpoints which would show a graphic image of a person’s body underneath his or her clothes. Are travelers upset about this invasion of privacy?

    – Is there a renewed concern about about racial and ethnic profiling?

    – The latest on the status of the health care reform plan, and more

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