Rob Lister wrote:That means not too much. I suspect on most large flights there are at least a few on the lamb.
How does one travel with a stolen passport? If they don't detect it before you leave, it seems likely they would when you arrive.
Also, since the passport has been reported stolen, it should come up as reported stolen when they swipe it into the computer.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-0 ... ssing.html
The stolen Austrian passport used to board Flight 370 was from a 30-year-old who reported the theft in 2012 in Thailand, while the Italian was Luigi Maraldi, who disclosed the theft of his documents in August, according to the countries’ foreign ministries. Neither man was on the jet, their governments said.
An over-water disappearance and stolen passports “raised huge red flags,” said John Magaw, a former top U.S. law enforcement and transportation security official who now works as a consultant. “Those two things right there are highly, highly, highly suspicious.”
If they are "huge red flags" why did they let them on the plane?
The presence of two passengers with stolen passports is an indicator of possible terrorism, said Magaw, citing intelligence warnings that multiple attackers may seek to elude detection by smuggling different parts of bombs onto planes and then assembling the pieces in bathrooms.
Malaysia immigration officers check foreign passports with biometric features by swiping outbound travelers’ documents to see details of their histories and check thumbprints and faces against on-screen photo identifications, said an immigration official at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
When the system isn’t working, is slow or freezes, officers enter passport details manually to verify a traveler without taking a thumbprint, said the official, who asked not to be identified because of a lack of authorization to speak publicly.
Information is keyed in manually for passports without the biometric enhancements, the official said. Outbound visitors’ passports also are checked to ensure that they show stamps proving entry into Malaysia, said the official, who was commenting on procedures in general, not Flight 370.
So maybe terrorists did some kind of DDoS attack on their system to make sure the system was down and they wouldn't detect the stolen passports?
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