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The Most Valuable Travel Document

The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 underscores a security issue that has existed for a very long time: passport fraud. That two Iranian men boarded a plane belonging to a major airline in a modern airport using registered stolen passports begs two questions: 1) how is this done? and 2) why? The passports were reported stolen in Phuket, Thailand, and ended up in the hands of two Iranian men attempting to immigrate illegally to Europe. But, many other cases have a more malign intent. 

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