New research from the University of Warwick is set to reveal some striking similarities between the actions of groups of people who travel on flagship airlines, seemingly at random, between the major cities of the world. An ongoing research project into airlines and international tourism shows in many cases it is only motivation that distinguishes the terrorist from the tourist, and may be the cause of big headaches for the world’s national carriers.
What’s more failure to appreciate the fact that international terrorism and international tourism share as many similarities as they do differences would be a significant oversight.
Both tourism and terrorism involve citizens of different countries who visit internationally famous buildings, sites, hotels and shopping centres. Both tourists and terrorists frequently carry bags and back-packs, travel alone or in small groups, and the anonymity of both groups enables them to blend into their surroundings.
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