MONACO – AirAsia, the world’s best low cost airline has reaffirmed its cooperation with Interpol to integrate the I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all its prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database.
Dato’ Aziz Bakar, Director of AirAsia Berhad; Ronald K Noble, Interpol Secretary General and Malaysia’s Minister of Home Affairs, Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi underlined the cooperation on the sidelines of the 83rd Interpol General Assembly in Monaco.
AirAsia and Interpol have been testing the I-Checkit system since June this year and it has already seen impressive results. Since the start of the pilot programme, nearly six million AirAsia passengers have been screened against the SLTD database when checking in for their flights, resulting in 55 positive matches. After further examination by immigration authorities at the airports, 18 of those passengers were not allowed to board their flights.
As part of AirAsia’s partnership with Interpol, the airline has painted one of its Airbus A320 planes with a special livery in support of the “Turn Back Crime” global awareness campaign. The Airbus A320 touched down at Nice, France just hours before the start of the world police body’s General Assembly on Monday.