Poor airport security in Malaysia, and CPH too

Criticism of illegal immigration also in Copenhagen

The fact that at least two of the passengers on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 were using stolen passports belonging to Europeans raises security questions for airports and airlines.

The two men using the passports have not been linked to terrorism, but they should have been stopped in Kuala Lumpur if the authorities there had run the documents through Interpol’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. Interpol is concerned this was not done.

“This is a situation we had hoped never to see,” said Ronald K Noble, Interpol’s secretary general. “For years, Interpol has been asking why countries are waiting for a tragedy to happen before they introduce proper security measures at borders and airports.”

Identity theft is on the rise, Hans Jørgen Bonnichsen, former Danish security and intelligence chief, tells DR News. “Three years ago, there were 12 million documents recorded in Interpol’s database. Today, there are 40 million, so this is a huge problem,” he said.

A significant problem is that some airports, including Kuala Lumpur, have not yet connected to the SLTD database. And it may also be a local issue, as there has been criticism of illegal immigration control at Copenhagen Airport. Press reports in 2012 revealed that CPH airport police were allowing illegal immigrants through (around 10 to 70 a day) because there were not enough officers.


[photo courtesy Copenhagen Airports A/S]

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