AirAsia to use Interpol to check passports

May 14, 2014 

Top Asian budget carrier AirAsia said Tuesday it will become the world’s first airline to check the passports of all its passengers against Interpol’s global database of 42 million stolen or lost travel documents by end of this month.

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, it said.

AirAsia said no personal data will be transmitted to Interpol other than passport numbers and issuing nation. If there is a positive match against the database, local authorities and Interpol will be notified, it said.

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