The Hill reports:
The recent public ire toward the TSA’s new pat-down and body imaging screening methods is likely to cause more people to drive automobiles and forego airline travel, say two transportation economists who have studied the issue. . .
“Driving is much more dangerous than flying, as you are far more likely to be killed in an automobile accident mile-for-mile than you are in an airplane,” said Horwitz. “The result will be that the new TSA procedures will kill more Americans on the highway.”
UPDATE: According to a Cornell University study, the TSA’s old inconveniences (far less intrusive than what they’re doing now) resulted in 520 deaths per year of people that chose not to fly. That’s four full 737s.