BEMOSA (Behaviour Modelling for Security in Airports) is a European wide research project aimed at improving security in airports. The project is co-funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.
BEMOSA develops a behaviour model that aims to describe how people make security decisions in the face of reality during normal routine and crisis situations. By adopting this model, airport authorities can increase security, reduce false alarms and improve profitability.
The consortium is also developing a unique training package, for airport staff, aimed at making airports safer, more secure and more efficient economically. The specifically tailored training program substantially improves the level of skill for all human resources within the airport by preparing them for sensitive decision making. The major aim of the training is to increase efficiency of air transportation by decreasing false alarms, as well as improve security and coordination in cases of an emergency and security threat.
BEMOSA has conducted an in-depth study of various European airports in order to obtain descriptions and data on how emergencies and security threats are actually handled. The results were subsequently compared with existing procedures that are in place.
The qualitative and quantitative data was gathered through ethnographic observations, interviews, questionnaire based surveys and panels. The results form the basis for our behaviour model. The research encompasses employees in general and security personnel in particular.