Date of Award


Access Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Safety Science


Graduate Studies

First Committee Member

Dr. Richard Bloom

Second Committee Member

Dr. James Baker

Third Committee Member

William Waldock


Aviation safety and security: A call for educating the flying public, is an account and testimonial to the problem of the lack of aviation safety and security knowledge by the flying public in the National Airspace System (NAS). It discusses the confusion over both new (post 9-11-01) and old (pre 9-11-01) security regulations as well as basic passenger safety recommendations and advice that could possibly save hundreds of lives. It will discuss the need for a public education campaign regarding aviation safety and security for the American flying public, and point to past public educational campaigns in different realms as evidence that such a campaign could possibly be successful in the United States aviation industry. The main question to be answered by this thesis is whether there is a need for education of the flying public concerning aviation safety and security and if so what is the best way to accomplish the education process. This document intends to show that there is indeed a lack of knowledge in the subject area among a percentage of the population. Over a two month period November 2002-January 2003, approximately 174 passengers were surveyed using a 20 question questionnaire developed by the author and approved by the thesis committee at a total of 5 international airports in the U.S. As this was a pilot study in this area, much information was learned that would benefit future studies, and certain methodologies would indeed be changed for further studies on the topic.