Air Transport Security
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Air Transport Security

Issues, Challenges and National Policies

Edited by Joseph S. Szyliowicz and Luca Zamparini

The growing number of terrorist attacks throughout the world continues to turn the interest of scholars and governments towards security issues. As part of the Comparative Perspectives on Transportation Security series, this book provides a multidisciplinary analysis of the security challenges confronting air transportation. The first part encompasses the industry’s characteristics and the policy, economic and regulatory issues shaping the security environment. The second provides a comparative analysis of security policies and practices in several key countries.
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Chapter 3: Economic issues in air transport security Luca Zamparini

Luca Zamparini


Chapter 3 aims at providing a brief review of the economics literature on air transport security by considering the various dimensions that have to be tackled in order to reach an optimal level of security procurement. The chapter emphasises the importance to consider that security does not only benefit air passengers, freight forwarders, airlines and the other economic actors that are directly involved in the aviation industry. It also generates positive externalities in the overall economic system. The chapter also discusses the assessment of risk in aviation security and analyses two different models that have been proposed in order to estimate the net benefits that are determined by the adoption of air transport security measures. Lastly, it considers the models that assess airport security screening. This appears to be the topic that has attracted the largest share of the relevant literature.

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