It is important to note that the flying public was never in danger. It could be argued that exercises such as planting ‘dummy’ bombs in luggage makes flying safer. It would be interesting to learn more about the training which this worker underwent, and see if there is a link between training and not recognising the planted fake. What I mean by this is I would like to explore the relationship or link between security training and the skill or ability of workers to carry out what is learned in training.
In workshops I have given which stem from my thesis research on flight attendants and the analytic methods I use, I have argued that it does not matter how many times flight attendants and pilots are told they are one ‘inflight team’. If they do not believe or feel that they are a team, then they will not work together as a team. I would be interested to research if a similar link between the idealised world of training and the realities of on-the-job experiences exists in airport security.