Shining the light on public attitudes toward laser attacks on aircraft

Carroll, J. and Richards, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-7176-0440, 2018. Shining the light on public attitudes toward laser attacks on aircraft. In: 2018 Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference proceedings. Reston, VA, USA: AIAA AVIATION Forum. ISBN 9781624105562

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With increasing incidents being reported, laser attacks present a significant threat to aircraft safety. Although no aircraft accidents have yet been directly attributed to laser attacks to date, experts agree that it is a legitimate threat to safety. To better understand this phenomenon, and ways in which it can be addressed, an important area to understand is the public perception of the severity of such incidents. This would include examining the attitudes the general public hold toward laser attacks, and what views they may hold towards regulation and punishment for these offences. Members of the general public (N=208) completed an online survey that examined their views towards the perceived occurrences and severity of laser attacks, whilst also examining their expectation of criminality and punishment of using a laser against an aircraft. Responses were analysed and presented, with discussion around the nature of public perception and expectation to laser attacks. Mitigations and interventions are explored, focussing on targeted educational/awareness programs that can be used to increase the awareness amongst the general public on the consequences of laser attacks on aircraft.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Alternative Title: Laser attacks on aircraft: shining the light on public attitude
Description: Proceedings of the 2018 Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 25-29 June 2018.
Creators: Carroll, J. and Richards, D.
Publisher: AIAA AVIATION Forum
Place of Publication: Reston, VA, USA
Date: 24 June 2018
ISBN: 9781624105562
Rights: © 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 24 Mar 2020 15:17
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2020 15:17

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