Title of Paper

Passport to Terrorism

Presenter Bios

Danielle Barbe is a Masters of Science student in the department of Tourism, Recreation and Sports Management at the University of Florida. She received her Bachelor of Commerce degree at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Danielle’s primary research interests are in tourism communications, and risk and crisis management. Upon completion of her Masters degree in May 2017, Danielle will begin her doctoral degree in which she seeks to further the understanding of the relationship between social media and risk in the tourism industry.

Abstract

As the number of individuals travelling internationally continues to rise, the number of passport holders is also increasing. Ownership of a passport is invaluable to those who wish to travel internationally, and theft of a passport can create a hassle to the traveler, resulting in inability to enter or leave the country, time and monetary constraints, and potential identity theft. However, the consequences of passport theft may be more severe, including use of the passport for the purpose of terrorism. The purpose of this study is to discover how passports, specifically stolen passports, play a role in terrorism. Through a content analysis of news articles reporting terrorist incidents, this study seeks to examine how passports have been used for terrorism in the past and the significance of their role in the terrorist attack. This knowledge will allow a better understanding of the need to education tourists on measures to protect their passports.

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Passport to Terrorism

As the number of individuals travelling internationally continues to rise, the number of passport holders is also increasing. Ownership of a passport is invaluable to those who wish to travel internationally, and theft of a passport can create a hassle to the traveler, resulting in inability to enter or leave the country, time and monetary constraints, and potential identity theft. However, the consequences of passport theft may be more severe, including use of the passport for the purpose of terrorism. The purpose of this study is to discover how passports, specifically stolen passports, play a role in terrorism. Through a content analysis of news articles reporting terrorist incidents, this study seeks to examine how passports have been used for terrorism in the past and the significance of their role in the terrorist attack. This knowledge will allow a better understanding of the need to education tourists on measures to protect their passports.