Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Unintended consequences

Authorities have identified one of the passengers traveling on that disappeared Malaysian Airlines flight as an asylum-seeker rather than a terrorist.1

Meanwhile, the attention this is bringing to the fact that most countries don't require airlines to check passports against the Interpol database of lost and stolen passports will probably get more places to start doing those checks. Which means in the future it will be harder for people with legitimate asylum claims to flee their situation.

1- He is (was?) an Iranian teenager, so I expect in some quarters it will still be taken as a matter of faith that he is in-fact a terrorist because he comes from such a scary country.