NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If Sen. Charles Schumer gets his way, countries who don’t check an Interpol database for missing or stolen passports can forget about having their citizens obtain visas in the United States.
When Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished earlier this month, it shined a spotlight on how little the database is being checked throughout the world. Two passengers aboard the plane were traveling with stolen passports. It’s unclear if they had any role in the plane’s disappearance — and, in fact, focus has since shifted to the flight’s pilots.
Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble last week chided authorities for not checking the database and “waiting for a tragedy to put prudent security measures in place at borders and boarding gates.”