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Bill would alert travelers about passport checks

Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014 1:00 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk wants the federal government to alert American air travelers about which airports around the world are failing to routinely check passengers for stolen passports.

The Illinois Republican has proposed legislation to require the U.S. State Department to publish a list of those airports that do not check passengers against Interpol's database of lost or stolen passports.

The issue came to light during the investigation into the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner. Two Iranian passengers boarded that aircraft with stolen passports, though investigators say there's no evidence either man had anything to do with plane's disappearance.

Kirk told reporters in Chicago Friday that American travelers should at least be made aware of the potential security lapse when they travel to those countries.

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