Your Passport Authenticity Means Nothing! 1B Unchecked International Fliers Annually

Interpol holds the granddaddy of stolen passport and stolen documents database but the world scarcely checks it to verify travelers. The, at least, two stolen passports used to board Malaysia Flt. MH370 were in the Interpol system. Over 40 million “travel documents, mostly passports” are in the Interpol database which originated in 2002. The U.S. checks the highest number of times, placed at 250 million annually, more than double the next two countries. Over 1 billion travelers boarded flights without their passports being checked in 2013, with four of 10 international fliers not checked. The stolen passports were Italian and Austrian.

Image of an Italian Passport

Image of an Italian Passport

Yet, “only a handful of countries worldwide are taking care to make sure that persons possessing stolen passports are not boarding international flights,” Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said Sunday.

Interpol said that no country checked the two passports used to board the Boeing 777 bound from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, even though they were reported stolen in Thailand — an Austrian one in 2012 and an Italian one in 2013—and that it can’t say how many other times they might have been used.

The U.S. uses Interpol’s database more than any other nation to screen people entering the country. Its 250 million annual checks are followed by the United Kingdom’s 120 million and the United Arab Emirates’ 50 million.

Interpol said it makes its database available to all 190 member countries but cannot force them to integrate it into their own systems. Last year, passengers boarded planes more than a billion times without having their passports screened against its database.

Each year, based on its terrorist watchlist and Interpol data, the U.S. government issues thousands of “no-board recommendations” to airlines to keep suspected high-risk passengers from traveling to the United States. In fiscal year 2011 alone, it issued more than 3,600 such recommendations, according to 2012 U.S. House testimony by Kevin McAleenan of the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection. Source: USA Today

The article linked above says the U.S. system is better than the Interpol database, and had the flight been coming to the U.S., our watch list, checked against the passenger manifest, may have prevented stolen passport users from boarding.

In Thailand, where immigration police last year caught a Thai man with 5,000 fake passports, officials say international cooperation helps battle the plague — but passport forgers are now using advanced technology.

“It must take great skills and expertise by our officers to detect the fake passports and visa stamps because the system cannot detect them the whole time,” said Maj. Gen. Warawuth Thaweechaikarn, commander of the Immigration Police’s investigative division. Thai authorities also say some new techniques include finding a lookalike to match the passport, or altering the image on the passport to look like the holder. Source: Yahoo News

Read this morning’s latest: an Iranian booked the tickets for the two passports in question and other news about identifying what the two men look like.

Other Missing MH370 posts:

Malaysia Flt MH370: Pilot Fanatical About Democracy Justice? Isn’t That a Good Thing? Malaysian Regime Corrupt

Malaysia Flight MH370: ACARS Disabled Early – Captain Shah Supporter of Anwar Ibrahim Convicted of Sodomy by Religion of Peace

China’s New Radar and Malaysia MH370: 379 Did Not Follow the Rules

Malaysia MH370: Tracked 200-350 Miles Off Course, Lower Altitude, Transponder Off: Two Iranians Identified

Malaysia Flt MH370: Two Transponders Shut Down Manually 14 Mins Apart – Can A Bomb Disable Transponders? 

Malaysia Flt MH370: Mike McKay May Have Seen It go down: CONFUSION! Flew for 4-5 House more, Pakistan Potential?

Malaysia Flt MH370: Communications “Black Spot” – Pieces of 777 Seen on Satellite Day After Disappearance?

Your Passport Authenticity Means Nothing! One Billion Unchecked International Fliers Annually

Malaysia Flt MH370: Iranian Source Booked Stolen Passport Tickets, Not Asian Men — Oil Slick, Door False Leads

Malaysia Flt MH370: Pilot Headed to Japan Made Contact, 4 Suspicious Passengers? 2 Uighurs on Flight? Flt 370 Down in Andaman Sea?

Malaysia Flt MH370: Pilots Zaharie Shah and Fariq Hamid in Charge of Missing Flight – MH370 – 2 Stolen Passports

 

Linked at BadBlueuncensored news 24/7, read it here.

Linked at Grumpy Opinions – so, why do we need a law, to make Obama obey the law? Read it here.

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