The survey's initial findings indicate that segments of airport personnel—and smaller percentages of security staffs—are willing to act autonomously and outside policy and procedure to make security decisions. They include:
- Nearly a third (28.6 percent) felt that the security information provided them was not useful.
- Most (85.9%) “rely on past experience” in spotting potential threats.
- Two thirds (64.3 percent) agreed that any "unusual behavior is a possible sign of a security threat.”
- Two thirds (65.3 percent) estimate that most threats are false alarms.
- A third of all respondents and 10 percent of security personnel said that “I exceed or bend the rules when the situation calls for it.”
- One fifth (20.5 percent) of the general population and 10 percent of security personnel said they “would even act against orders if the situation called for it.”
- Over a third (38.2 percent) of the general population and 11.7% of security personnel responded that breaking protocol "is sometimes necessary to get the job done.”
- Over three quarters (78.7 percent) said they consult coworkers before making a security related decision.
- Nearly half (44 percent) of respondents reported asking coworkers what do in security situations.
- Nearly all of respondents (98 percent) said that “I help coworkers in my immediate working team.”
- Nearly three quarters (72.3 percent) said that "I take charge when action is called for and others do not respond"
- Most (86.7 percent) said they trust their coworkers.
Funded by the European Union, Bemosa is a consortium of ten companies and research organizations. Academic institutions in the partnership include the Netherlands’s Delft University of Technology, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy, and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Other members include Czech software firm B&M Interests, Spanish research nonprofit CARTIF, and consulting firms Deep Blue Syl of Italy and Helios of the United Kingdom.
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