A cruise line has joined the hunt for terrorists, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The international police agency INTERPOL says the France-based PONANT has adopted the I-Checkit program as part of its ordinary security measures.
Set up initially as a three-month pilot phase, it now has been mainstreamed in the company’s operations.
It has cruise line officials checking passenger travel documents against global databases for terrorists and criminals.
Its implementation will enable PONANT and INTERPOL to screen travel documents through various databases of information on lost or stolen documents, totaling nearly 88 million records.
“The safety and security of our guests, crews and ships has always been a priority for PONANT, the only cruise company flying the French flag, the safest in the world,” explained company chief Jean Emmanuel Sauvee.
“As a cruise company carrying thousands of passengers annually, having a highly effective and efficient security screening process is a crucial part of our corporate social responsibility in terms of how we serve our guests every day, worldwide.”
The cruise line industry has been familiar with the threat of terror ever since the Achille Lauro was hijacked in 1985 by four men from the Palestine Liberation Front off the coast of Egypt.
The ship was sailing from Alexandria to Ashdod, Israel, at the time.
A 69-year-old Jewish American man in a wheelchair, Leon Klinghoffer, was murdered by the terrorists and thrown overboard.