Interpol: No one checked database for 2 stolen passports
PARIS (AP) — Interpol says it’s troubling that despite repeated warnings about passport fraud, people continue to be allowed to board flights without having their passports checked against the police agency’s stolen-documents records.
The international police organization says last year, passengers boarded planes over a billion times without their passports being checked against Interpol’s database of 40 million stolen or lost travel documents.
The France-based agency says that happened again when two people boarded the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight with passports that were on file with Interpol as stolen.
Information about the thefts of an Austrian passport in 2012 and an Italian passport last year was entered into Interpol’s database after they were stolen in Thailand. But Interpol says no checks of the stolen passports were made “by any country” before the flight.
Interpol says it’s working to determine the true identities of the two passengers.
In a statement, Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble says it’s too soon to speculate about any connection between the stolen passports and the missing plane. But he says “it is clearly of great concern that any passenger was able to board an international flight using a stolen passport listed in Interpol’s databases.”