Airline Safety

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Airline Safety Introduction How important is airline safety to the flying public? How safe is it for passengers on commercial airline flights? What are the issues that prevent air travel from being as safe as it needs to be? How effective are airline safety investigators in terms of locating flaws and anomalies that might become serious safety problems? This paper delves into those questions and provides research to fully examine the issues. Background into Airline Safety Knowledge An article in the peer-reviewed Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology investigates the role of risk management in airline flight safety. The author points out that increasingly businesses are making efforts to identify risks in many fields and in the field of airline safety, the safety inspectors are approaching their duties using risk management strategies. However, the exact psychological processes by which risks in airline safety are identified are not fully understood, according to the author of this article. With that as background, the author, Carl Macrae (with the London School of Economics and Political Science) examined the interpretive processes, knowledge, and "…assumptions underlying risk identification" through a qualitative study of airline safety investigators (Macrae, 2009, p. 273). There is no doubt that identifying risks is a challenging and interpretive process, Macrae explains on page 274. His analysis reflects the fact that "…warning signs may
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