Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Police in Thailand today questioned travel agents in the resort of Pattaya after it was revealed that tickets for two passengers who used fake passports to board the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 were sold by them.

Police Colonel Supachai Phuykaeokam head of Pattaya Police confirmed that the tickets bought in the name of Italian Luigi Maraldi and Austrian Christian Kozel, whose passports were stolen while in 2011 and 2012 on the island of Phuket, were booked through the Grand Horizon Travel Agency and Six Stars Travel Agency in the resort city.

Authorities in Malaysia are understood to have CCTV footage and Immigration snapshots of the men who booked onto the flight in the names of Maraldi and Kozel.

 “I have forwarded material to the Interpol representatives at the Foreign Affairs Division of the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok, “ said Colonel Phuykaeowkam.

Airline security measures in Asia have alarmed Interpol. Nobody checked their database to see if the passports were stolen.

Police in Phuket, Thailand, were still holding six Syrians at Phuket airport who had been sent back from Beijing after travelling on false Greek passports.  They flown from Phuket to Beijing and had onward books to Europe.

Phuketwan quoted a 20-year-old Syrian identified as ‘M’ under detention as saying that there could have been Syrians on the flight using the false passports.

''Nobody understands how bad it is to live in Syria right now. We left for so many reasons. The country has simply collapsed, economically, materially and politically.''


jules said...

Brilliant, except the travel agent did not need to see the passports or check identities. Investigating the travel agent will only reveal details of how the tickets were paid for and perhaps the contact details of the purchaser.

They bought Malaysian because it is VERY cheap at the moment. Malaysian cut ticket prices last year to fill empty seats (big A380s need lots of them) as they are NOT the full service airline of choice in SE Asia. Thumping loss last year, more expected this year as they trade their way into bankruptcy. Hang on, state owned.

George said...

" it is now reported that five people checked into the flight but did not board."
Malaysian authorities have stated that this information is false and that everyone who booked on that flight was on it. One of the passengers using a stolen passport was a 19yr old Iranian who is not believed to be linked to any terror organizations since his mother was waiting for him to arrive in Frankfurt and contacted authorities when he did not arrive.

Andrew Drummond said...

Thanks that has been updated now