Article Photos: Missing plane throws spotlight on passport theft 1/7

In this March 12, 2014 photo, Italian Luigi Maraldi whose stolen passport was used by a passenger boarding a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, shows his passport as he speaks to a reporter at Phuket police station in Phuket province, southern Thailand. Maraldi lost his passport when he hired a motorbike on Phuket last year. When he returned to the shop to retrieve his passport, he was told it had been given away to someone who looked just like him. His passport, along with another stolen in Phuket two years earlier, was used to board the ill-fated flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing undetected, revealing startling shortcomings in the security of international travel. Interpol said it maintains a global database of 40 million lost or stolen travel documents. The organization said only a handful of countries actually check the database before allowing passengers to board international flights. Malaysia and Thailand are not among them. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)