Trusting technology: Security decision making at airports

Alan Avi Kirschenbaum, Michele Mariani, Coen Van Gulijk, Carmit Rapaport, Sharon Lubasz

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Using data from a field survey of airport employees across European airports, we identify how trust in security technology affects the implementation of security rules and regulations. An analysis of respondents from eight airports in Europe demonstrated that compliance with security rules and protocols was related to two main categories of trust in technology: one oriented to the technology itself and the other to technology as a means of catching offenders. A further multivariate analysis showed that security decisions by each 'trusting' group tended to reflect its degree of commitment to the organizations' administrative guidelines and the organizations' security attitude.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-60
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Air Transport Management
StatePublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Airport employees
  • Airport security
  • Security rules
  • Trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Law


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