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Singapore Changi steps up security in wake of MH370

March 28, 2014 Airport, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59It was inevitable that airports would start tightening security after revelations that at least two passengers on doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had boarded the Beijing-bound aircraft Kuala Lumpur using stolen passports.

Singapore’s Changi Airport has become one of the first to act, issuing an immediate edict to beef up passenger security.

“In the light of MH370, the [Changi] security agencies have reviewed security measures and have enhanced some of the checks with stronger ground presence,” deputy assistant commissioner of police (airport police commander) Sam Tee told Air Transport World. 250x250

Travellers would come under greater scrutiny, Tee confirmed. He said airport security services would boost the number and degree of checks on travellers, particularly in regard to passenger identities.

Airline operations will be scrutinised and authorities may step up security clearance checks on staff as well. At least 55,000 Changi employees carry computerised airport pass badges giving them access to specific work areas while denying them access to other areas.

At least two passengers on MH370 boarded with stolen passports. The plane later crashed in the southern Indian Ocean after deviating sharply from its flight path and closing down all communication channels in a bizarre and disturbing series of actions, the cause of which is destined to remain forever a mystery. Hijacking is one possibility.

Interpol holds a database of missing and stolen travel documents, but passengers’ actual documents are not always compared with the database.

They are likely to be in future.

Changi will “cross-reference databases such as Interpol’s when doing identity and document checks” as part of immigration clearance, Tee said. Random checks would be stepped up over coming months as well, with selected flights put under the security spotlight.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. Ken Buzza. says:

    Oh Puleeeeeeeze give me strength, on holiday last year in Singapore, we must have gone through at least five passport and identity checks in the departure lounge prior to boarding. These checks were carried out by locals standing one behind the other all doing the same visuals. If you have not found a problem at that stage of the game, then may I suggest it may be too late. Enough is enough.!!

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