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Missing boeing 777

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jinglbellsfrocks Sun 09-Mar-14 22:09:44

Just said on the news that a piece of debris has been found. So it seems the worst has happened. So sad.

Why were those two stolen passports not reported? And how come they let people on planes without proper security checks?

Those poor people, waiting and praying for news. sad

kittylester Sun 09-Mar-14 22:17:24

I thought the passports had been reported stolen. It seems there is more to this than meets the eye!

Agree jingle about the poor people waiting for any sort of news! sad

absent Sun 09-Mar-14 22:24:12

The stolen passports probably were reported but that doesn't mean passport controls will necessarily pick up their use, especially in a foreign airport. Apparently the FBI is going to help with the investigation.

NfkDumpling Sun 09-Mar-14 22:26:43

And five people had luggage removed from the flight because they didn't turn up at the gate? Five people checked in and then didn't get on. Seems a lot.

Stansgran Mon 10-Mar-14 03:04:00

So we grumble about entering passport details ahead of time but the Americans have just been proved right and everyone should now get their passports checked before their flight is confirmed. Think of me today I have butterflies as I'm flying from Hanoi today to Hue

NfkDumpling Mon 10-Mar-14 08:25:18

You'll be fine Stansgran but be prepared for long queues - I bet customs will have tightened up a lot!

shysal Mon 10-Mar-14 09:23:57

I hear that a yellow object, possibly a life raft, has been spotted. It will give rise to a little hope.

gillybob Mon 10-Mar-14 09:37:49

Shutting the gate after the horse has bolted springs to mind NfkDumpling What I can't understand is, with all the technology we have at our fingertips today shouldn't the stolen passports have "flagged up" on a screen somewhere?

I can't even begin to imagine how the poor relatives and friends of those onboard are feeling.

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 10-Mar-14 11:16:49

Yes they said on the news that the passports HAD been reported stolen - but people (on security at some airports) don't bother cross checking against the database of stolen/cancelled passports (having had one stolen abroad myself I find this terrifying)

Actually this is the bit that scares me the most - that you can so easily travel on a passport that a) isn't yours and b) has been cancelled.

Apparently the two men had booked tickets together and had booked onward flights from Beijing to Europe meaning that they didn't need visas for China - for that the passports have to go to the Chinese embassy for full scrutiny which clearly would have been an issue.

So sad

jinglbellsfrocks Mon 10-Mar-14 11:41:47

Wonder what they do about the photo. To be honest most of my "foreign" trips are via the tunnel, and they always look very closely there.

petra Mon 10-Mar-14 11:58:23

Stansgran. Try not to worry. It is a fact that it's the safest time to fly. Security is ultra tight after any tragedy where there are security issues.

Nonnie Mon 10-Mar-14 12:19:10

Lessons will be learned. They scan passports everywhere we have been recently and I would have expected that to flag up a stolen passport. Perhaps not everywhere has the technology.

Joelise Mon 10-Mar-14 15:50:10

Nonnie , you are right, according to my DH, who is in the " business " of dealing with aircraft crashes, not all countries have the link up to Interpol, who hold stolen passport data.

absent Mon 10-Mar-14 18:59:10

Different countries have different rules. Data isn't always kept up to date and any system is only as good as the people using it. Perhaps iris scans and facial recognition technology are the only ways forward. But then, it's always been that whatever security technology is invented, sooner or later someone will find a way round it.

durhamjen Mon 10-Mar-14 19:35:54

There was an interesting article in last week's Guardian about internet security. There's a group of people who meet every three months to make sure that internet security is still working. They each have a key that has to be put with other ones to make the system work.
Anyway, they have to enter a locked room and go into a cage, using iris recognition. It did not work the time that the reporter was there to observe, and they then were locked in the cage and had to set off an alarm to get out of it.
Security does not always work, even when it's as tight as possible.

thatbags Mon 10-Mar-14 19:43:13

That sounds like garbage, djen. Internet security is not in any one place and not governed by any one group of people. Have you a link to the original article, please?

jinglbellsfrocks Mon 10-Mar-14 19:56:36

article here

TOOBIGFORTHEIRBOOTS Mon 10-Mar-14 19:57:30

I recall the Mossad hit squad who travelled to Dubai on stolen/forged passports and assassinated the ex PLO? guy in his hotel room.

I believe the passports were those of British and Irish citizens.

Deedaa Mon 10-Mar-14 21:34:05

I seem to remember a journalist saying that he had travelled using his wife's passport with no problems at all; so obviously no one looks very closely at the photos.

thatbags Mon 10-Mar-14 21:53:59

Thanks, jings. Forwarded the link to DH who read it and explained it to me. About 3% of his explanation stuck. Suffice it to say that it's about protecting domain name servers and the world wide web, which is not the whole internet. He also seemed to be saying that it isn't all in place yet but they've started a process.... And there was something about using humans to do stuff cos computers can't do random. He thinks email would not work without this DNS protection.

In short, dead complicated and dead awesome.

Apologies for the garbage comment, djen.

thatbags Mon 10-Mar-14 21:55:03

System not servers.

Nelliemoser Mon 10-Mar-14 22:26:19

What I have been thinking about is that if the plane had been blown apart by a massive explosion high in the air it would be likely to scatter smaller pieces of debris across a wide area.

I would have thought that an accident like this would be more likely to provide a lot of floating debris which would be relatively easy to spot by Radar etc, than if an intact plane just dropped straight into the sea and sank under the massive weight.

Any tame aeronautical engineers on GN?

jinglbellsfrocks Mon 10-Mar-14 22:52:53

Then there's the black box which gives out a bleep for a number of days after a plane has come down. Why has n't that been located? It's all so very strange.

absent Mon 10-Mar-14 23:06:23

How deep is the sea in that area?

jinglbellsfrocks Mon 10-Mar-14 23:11:12

I'm sure it's very deep but, according to himself, those bleeps carry better through water. confused