To enhance international travel security, Qatar Airways has partnered INTERPOL to use the world police body’s I-Checkit system to screen the passports of its passengers against INTERPOL's Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database.
Qatar Airways is the first full-service airline to use I-Checkit, joining low-cost carrier AirAsia in piloting the INTERPOL initiative which allows select partners in the travel, hotel and banking industries to send their clients’ travel document information to be screened against the SLTD database.
Through I-Checkit, partners such as Qatar Airways send the passport numbers of passengers via secure channels to be compared against INT
ERPOL’s SLTD database, which contains more than 43 million records of lost or stolen travel documents from 168 countries.
The Head of INTERPOL highlighted the tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March 2014, with the presence of two passengers who used stolen passports to board the flight as a turning point which caused government officials, terrorism experts, law enforcement, the media and private citizens to be aware of the dangers presented by individuals travelling on stolen passports. The Secretary General Noble applauded the recent decision of the Council of the European Union calling on its member countries to systematically check all passports against INTERPOL’s SLTD database at their borders, and to ensure their records of lost and stolen passports are promptly shared and reported to INTERPOL.