Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1959.13/43135
- A risk and cost-benefit assessment of United States aviation security measures
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, School of Engineering
- This paper seeks to discover whether aviation security measures are cost-effective by considering their effectiveness, their cost and expected lives saved as a result of such expenditure. An assessment of the Federal Air Marshal Service suggests that the annual cost is $180 million per life saved. This is greatly in excess of the regulatory safety goal (societal willingness to pay to save a life) of $1–$10 million per life saved. As such, the air marshal program fails a cost-benefit analysis. In addition, the opportunity cost of these expenditures is considerable, and it is highly likely that far more lives would have been saved if the money had been invested instead in a wide range of more cost-effective risk mitigation programs. On the other hand, hardening of cockpit doors has an annual cost of only $800,00 per life saved, showing that this is a cost-effective security measure.
- Journal of Transportation Security Vol. 1, Issue 3, p. 143-159
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