Two of the passengers on the Malaysia Airlines passenger list were not on the plane.
The passenger list includes Luigi Maraldi, 37, an Italian citizen. The Italian Foreign ministry is saying no Italian was on board. In an interview with Corriere Della Sera, the Italian newspaper, Maraldi’s father said he has spoken to his son who is currently living in Phuket, Thailand. Maraldi’s passport was reportedly stolen last August in Thailand. His father said: “He deposited it with rental car agency, and when he returned the car it was gone,” The Italian government has not confirmed this yet.
Christian Kozel, 30, from Austria, also listed amongst the victims is alive and well. He had reported his passport stolen two years ago also while he was in Thailand.
Two stolen passports on the same flight? Who was travelling on those stolen passports? Coincidence or a sinister turn in this plane crash? The question on everyone’s lips is could terrorists have been involved?
In this day and age when my Visa Credit Card can be prevented from being used if stolen, why can a passport be used? Just as my ATM card flashes up “stolen” as it is swiped in a terminal anywhere in the world, why are we not at the point where a passport does the same as it is swiped on entry and exit from a country?
Update: US officials are planning to review if any names of the passengers on MH370 match with terrorism or criminal databases.
Update: The two who boarded the missing plane using stolen passports apparently bought their tickets from Malaysia Airlines codeshare partner: China Southern Airlines. CSA also sold tickets to a Chinese passenger, a Dutch passenger, a Malaysian and two Ukrainians.
Update: The FBI are reportedly investigating the two passengers who boarded the plane with stolen passports. Surely there is CCTV at check in or immigration? I know in Thailand, my photo is taken on exit and entry at immigration. Did the travellers resemble their passport photos?