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New legislation will push countries to use Interpol database
New York The disappearance of a Malaysian Airliner has pushed the creation of legislation that would pressure countries to set up and use a database to check and see if a passport being used has been stolen or not, Sen. Chuck Schumer announced Sunday.
Two passengers aboard the missing plane were traveling with stolen passports.
According to Schumers office, three countries regularly check passports against Interpols free database of stolen or missing passports.
In a post 9/11 world, when weve all seen the destruction compromised planes can cause, it boggles the mind that every country in the world is not using this free database, Schumer said in a statement. For the security of everyone, in the air and on the ground, we need to make sure that the people who are flying are who they say they are, otherwise were opening ourselves up to destructive acts of terrorism.
The free database has 40 million entries, including names of war criminals and suspected terrorists.