British visitors to the US could soon be asked for passwords to social media accounts, phone contacts, and to reveal their political ideologies, under new border checks from the Trump administration. But more than half of Brits (51%) said they would simply refuse to comply with these rules, according to a new survey from travel search engine KAYAK.co.uk.

An additional 29% said they would do so if required, but would ‘not feel comfortable’ and 63% of people said the new rules would be an ‘invasion of their privacy’.

The ‘extreme vetting’ as it has become known, may also require British travellers to the US to reveal personal information such as their political beliefs and ideologies – something 27% of Brits would refuse to do and 48% would feel uncomfortable about. The move could have a serious impact on the US tourism industry.

Nearly three-quarters of Brits (72%) said that if the rules came into force, it would make them less likely to visit the US – of these 37% said they would ‘definitely not go’.

According to the operator, since coming to office, Trump has already had an extremely negative impact on demand for travel to the US amongst Brits, with demand for holidays in the States this summer significantly down; searches for flights to Tampa are down 58%, Orlando is down 58%, Fort Lauderdale is down 57% and Miami is down 52% compared to last year.

When asked what concerns they would have in handing over social media passwords, 47% said they were worried someone would post something on their account, 52% were worried they would mess with settings, for example deleting contacts, whilst 50% cited concerns over officials gaining access to their bank details.

 

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