Aviation Security Operations in Airlines and Airports
A main factor observed within the research is nationality, comparing American perceptions against those of Europeans, concluding that Americans perception against Europeans favour equally on security importance but that Americans preferred a cruise vacation opposed to Europeans who continued to fly. In light of the findings it is recommended that governments and tourism official’s co-ordinate efforts to improve on current pre-screening and airport screening methods whilst reducing passenger wait time.
The passenger security check points are designed to handle high traffic peaks. In this way, the layout is designed to meet the capacity configuration in the Airport. This is a extremely cost effective analysis. This is because it works as an advanced simulation passenger flow tool. It is necessary to note that carryon baggage is inspected using X- ray equipment. Airports check in is the first stop for every passenger and is handled by handling agents on behalf of the Airline. According to Airline regulations, a passage must first pass through the airline check in point. However, the procedures in the check in point vary from Airport to Airport. It is necessary to note that, in case of any extra luggage, the passage will be required to pay extra or additional surcharges. Baggage handling process includes; screening systems, commissioning and testing of baggage. These systems are not only advanced but are also flexible and efficient. This is because baggage handling processes are developed from the recent developed technology. On line check in points are also available in many Airports. Online check in allow the passage to confirm the flight presence through the internet. This is the best and easiest way. This is because it saves time and energy. Airport processes success and performance are determined by efficiency and quality of the services and processes involved in the same. In this case, most Airports expand theory operations and reduce the cost of toperations in order to attract more clients and maintain existing clients.
Brunt et al, (2000:418) and Pearce (1988:28) suggest that personal security is a major factor in the decision-making process through which individuals make their travel choices. Page (2005) notes that since the 9/11 attacks and subsequent global terrorism events, tourist security issues have become the number one concern for travellers. He further states that much pressure to reassure passengers has fallen upon airlines and airports. The airport has significant responsibility due to its sifting and search functions to ensure passengers do not carry prohibited items onboard. In a more recent publication Page further discusses the US (United States) and the U.K. (United Kingdom), reporting a downturn in international visitor arrivals after terrorist attacks within that country (2009).
Furthermore, the emerging technology and IT infrastructure can be used in aviation environments to integrate security systems for optimal productivity and efficiency.
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