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AirAsia becomes first airline to pilot INTERPOL I-Checkit system

May 14, 2014 Airport No Comments Email Email

As part of ongoing efforts to enhance international travel security, AirAsia is to pilot INTERPOL’s I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all its prospective passengers against the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database.

Once implemented later this month the pilot project will see AirAsia become the first airline to integrate I-Checkit with their own check in systems during the passenger check-in phase across its entire international network, allowing passenger passport numbers to be compared against INTERPOL’s SLTD database which contains more than 40 million records from 167 countries.

I-Checkit will allow the airline to query the SLTD database but not gain direct access to it. With the pilot project respecting national legislation linked to data protection, no personal data will be transmitted to INTERPOL, with only the travel document number, form of document and country code screened against SLTD. Should a passenger’s passport register a positive match against the database, AirAsia has procedures in place that will refer image003the passenger to local authorities. INTERPOL’s procedures would simultaneously be engaged to notify all relevant INTERPOL National Central Bureaus worldwide.

AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes, said: “AirAsia is extremely pleased to be the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement I-Checkit. The partnership we have created will result in improved passenger security and will support our desire to offer low fares, but with the added assurance that this system and partnership provides.”

The I-Checkit system will be deployed across all of AirAsia’s international operations, covering a network of 100 airports across Asia and 600 international flights per day to more than 20 countries worldwide.

In the event of a positive match registered via I-Checkit, alerts for further verification will also be sent to INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) of the country that owns the travel document data, and to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.

“INTERPOL is very proud to be piloting I-Checkit with AirAsia. This will raise the bar across the industry for passenger safety and security by preventing individuals using stolen or lost passports from boarding international flights,” saidINTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble during his visit AirAsia operations at Kuala Lumpur’s klia2 terminal.

“AirAsia has established the new standard for airline security by screening the passports of all        international passengers against INTERPOL’s database. After today, 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,” added the Head of INTERPOL.

Currently, less than 10 countries systematically screen passenger passports against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Document database, with approximately four out of every 10 passports on international flights not screened against INTERPOL’s database.

I-Checkit was created to fill this glaring security gap by allowing airlines to instantaneously check whether a person intending to board an international flight is using a passport registered with INTERPOL as stolen or lost. It takes less than 0.5 seconds to query INTERPOL’s database once a passport is scanned.

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