An innovative border management capability
Organized criminal groups and terrorists use stolen travel documents to conceal their identities and cross borders undetected. Given this threat, and faced with increasing volumes of international passengers, countries urgently need to heighten their border control and identity management measures.
I-Checkit is a screening solution that complements and enhances national border security systems. It allows trusted partners in the private sector to conduct advanced passenger checks in real-time, in collaboration with the law enforcement community.
Given the ease with which terrorists, organized crime groups and travelling sex offenders are able to access regularized travel routes, there is a pressing need for further expansion of I-Checkit.
Working with trusted airlines and maritime partners
In November 2016, following the completion of a three-month pilot project with Carnival Corporation, INTERPOL’s member countries endorsed I-Checkit as a screening capability for the maritime sector.
This complements existing partnerships with airline companies and reinforces the importance of I-Checkit as a key component of INTERPOL’s global border management strategy.
How the solution works
I-Checkit enables carriers to submit travel document information for screening against INTERPOL’s database of stolen and lost travel documents. The data screened does not include names of individuals.
A database match triggers an instant alert so the situation can be investigated. Notifications are sent to the INTERPOL General Secretariat’s Command and Coordination Centre, INTERPOL National Central Bureaus in the countries concerned, and other relevant national law enforcement entities and, in some cases, the carrier’s security teams to enable them to carry out a secondary check of the document in question at the boarding gate.
Developing I-Checkit for other industries
Research and development continues in the bank and hotel industries, along with testing with a small number of companies in these sectors.
Over the course of 2017-2018, I-Checkit will be assessed in line with the concept of Smart Cities (the use of digital technologies to improve traditional networks and services for the benefit of citizens and businesses).
Advice for travellers
Do not attempt to travel with a document that you have reported as lost or stolen.
Once you have declared your travel document as lost or stolen to your national authorities, it is cancelled and considered invalid. The details of the document are passed on to INTERPOL and entered into the database of stolen and lost travel documents (SLTD). Border officials in INTERPOL's member countries can screen passenger information directly against the SLTD database. Selected carriers can submit the document details through I-Checkit for screening.
If you try to travel with an invalid document, entry or boarding is denied. The travel document is seized to prevent its future use and you cannot travel.
The International Criminal Police Organization is launching an open call for interest for INTERPOL I-Checkit screening capability, the objective of which is to assist INTERPOL with facilitating and accelerating the deployment of I-Checkit to private entities.
Advice for travellers
Do not attempt to travel using a document that you have reported as lost or stolen.
INTERPOL Innovative Police Capabilities
INTERPOL's I Checkit Programme - Michael O'Connell, Director of Operational Support & Analysis
AirAsia's Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer
I-Checkit: Chris Malo, Head of Global Maritime Security, Carnival Corporation
I-Checkit AirAsia Plane
I-Checkit – For Your Security