Title: Travelers’ perceptions of security for long-distance travel: An exploratory Italian study
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC95094
ISBN: 978-1-118-97793-4
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC95094
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Terrorists around the world have recently targeted public transport systems, affecting in particular air and rail passengers. Terrorist attacks have long been acknowledged as having significant impacts on travel behaviour. The paper analyses: i) the impact security issues have on travel behaviour and mode choice for long-distance travel, and ii) the travellers’ perception for government’s efforts to ensure high security to citizens, providing segmentation analysis based on socio-economic characteristics. The paper draws on an Italian case study carried out in Rome during May 2011. The results show that a non-negligible portion of sample would be willing to give up travelling in response to an increase in the anti-terrorism alert. Moreover, respondents perceived security risks related to transport modes in different ways, and their opinions are heterogeneous. Taking action against terrorist attacks is a priority for respondents who consider insufficient government’s efforts to ensure high security to citizens. The results are of particular interest for policy-makers, responsible for ensuring travelers’ security.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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