AirAsia Makes Headlines Again

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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The public relations speaker for AirAsia announced this Tuesday that AirAsia is set to become the world’s first airline to check the passports of all its passengers against the Interpol’s global database of the 42 million stolen or lost passports or documents by the end of this May.

The motivational force that has encouraged AirAsia is the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 two months ago which has revealed a gaping loophole in the aviation security systems. After the flight went missing, it was found that two passengers on the flight were travelling with stolen passports. The authorities at that time had failed to check its database. AirAsia, which is also based in Malaysia, said it will use Interpol’s ”I-Checkit” system to screen passports when passengers check in. This will be done for its 600 daily international flights using 100 airports across the region.

”AirAsia has established the new standard for airline security,” it quoted Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble as saying. ”This will raise the bar across the industry for passenger safety and security. Airlines will no longer have to depend solely on countries screening passports to keep passengers safe from terrorists and other criminals who use stolen passports to board flights. Like AirAsia, they will be able to do it themselves as well.”

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