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How to protect yourself against high-tech passport thieves

Posted at 11:14 PM, Mar 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-13 19:20:44-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) – But revelation that two Iranian passengers on the flight were able to board using stolen passports – has not eased concerns about what appear to be gaping holes in the international security net that we all rely on once we leave America’s sphere of influence.

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As more information pours in regarding the two passengers in question  investigators are now slowly turning away from any terror link.

Interpol currently maintains a database that contains millions of lost and stolen passports.

Only three countries – the United States, United Arab Emirates, and the U.K. run travelers’ information against that database.

Sal Lifrieri is a terror and security analyst who tells PIX11, “So if you’re flying through a country, and that’s what we see with this particular case, you can fly into this country, and have a very minimal passport check – and move on to the next country.”

So how can you protect your passport – especially if you’re traveling internationally?

Technology consultant Raj Goel says the answer involves treating biometric, high-tech passports like cash.

“Correct. It’s the same exact concept, except you use slightly thicker plastic. So that somebody walking by can’t just do a brush pass and do RFID cloning of my passport, driver’s license, credit cards – or whatever have you. It takes a few seconds,” said Goel.

Keep it close, and remember that a criminal doesn’t even have to physically snatch your passport if it’s made with something called RFID technology  in order to steal the information embedded in it.