Interpol reports low use of stolen passport database

2014-04-26 14:18
(<a href=''>Shutterstock</a>)


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

New York - Fewer than 10 countries in the world systematically use an Interpol database to verify whether a passenger is flying with stolen documents, the organization's secretary general said on Friday.

The Stolen or Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database contains 42 million records from 167 countries, Ronald Noble told a press conference.

But of the 1.2 billion passengers who flew internationally in 2013, at least one in three were never checked in the system, he said.

The number has come to light after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which was carrying two Iranian men who boarded with stolen passports.

It was later reported that they were illegal migrants, and Malaysian authorities were criticised for not consulting the database.

Malaysian Interior Minister Zahid Hamidi said making the checks was too time consuming for immigration officers and caused airport delays.

"Most governments unfortunately have not yet taken their responsibilities seriously," Noble said.

"Stolen or lost travel documents are in the hands of too many international terrorists," he added.

The executive director of the UN's counter terrorism committee said that scanning passports takes no more than three seconds.

"We've encouraged member states to use consistently the tools available to strengthen border management and security," Jean-Paul Laborde said, speaking at the same press conference.

But Raymond Benjamin, secretary general of the UN's Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), noted that non e-passports are unscannable, and they will remain valid until November 2015.

The Interpol database, which was established in 2005, is used more than 230 million times per year by the United States, more than 140 million times by Britain, more than 100 million times by the United Arab Emirates, and more than 29 million times by Singapore, according to Interpol.

In all, 800 million checks are completed each year, allowing authorities to see the date and place a passport was issued and the date the document was declared stolen or lost.

Read more on:    interpol  |  malaysia  |  uae  |  us

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The Leo moon adds an element of drama and entertainment. A significant person that you may consult or confide in may play more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.