The effect of aviation safety education on passenger cabin safety awareness

Yu Hern Chang, Meng Yuan Liao

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Abstract

This paper examines the effect of aviation safety education on passenger cabin safety awareness in knowledge, attitude, and behavior (KAB). The educational value of KAB has been addressed in various fields such as AIDS prevention and campus safety. KAB has been applied in aviation safety related areas, especially in training, such as crew resource management training, pilot training, and mechanic training. However, KAB has not been implemented in aviation passenger education in cabin safety. This paper uses the construct of "aviation safety education", which is intended to influence airline passenger knowledge of, attitude toward, and behavior about cabin safety awareness. Passenger surveys were done at two Taiwan airports. The results show that aviation safety education positively affects airline passenger cabin safety knowledge, attitude, and behavior. We recommend safety education that involves accurate instruction about emergency equipment procedures, situational awareness, emergency responses, and relevant cabin-safety regulations. Our findings indicated that an increase in cabin safety knowledge positively affected airline passenger behavior, which supported knowledge-behavior consistency. We also found that a positive attitude toward cabin safety positively affected airline passenger behavior, which supported attitude-behavior consistency. The hypothesis that cabin safety knowledge positively affected passenger attitude - knowledge-attitude consistency was not supported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1337-1345
Number of pages9
JournalSafety Science
Volume47
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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