Author(s): Ahmet KAYA
Airport and aviation security has become more sophisticated due to the globalization process, and advance in new technologies as well as innovations in the area of transportation and telecommunication. Thus, the present study aiming to provide insights towards airport security practices, attempts to analyze behavioral patterns of airline passengers regarding airport security practices and processes. The purpose of this study is to illustrate the impact of airport practices on perceptions of airline passengers. In order to collect the data, the researcher has conducted field observations at the JFK Airport and made interviews in 2010 with diverse ethnic groups including the Turkish and USA nationals amounting to 14 interviewees in total. In terms of units of analysis with regard to the present study, three aspects will be discussed within the context of qualitative methodology. First, habitat refers to the airport, which is a unique place where people from all around the world and different cultures can be present and interact each other. Second, groups include the Turkish and American citizens, which form a social group and a distinctive social entity. In order to eliminate biases and prejudgments between individual cultures, American and the Turkish citizens have been the main focus groups. By doing so, this study will contribute to the literature by showing how these two distinctive cultures view aspects of world affairs in a common way and share similar concerns. Third, practices are about the acts and activities at the airport, which can also be considered as a social setting.