Police detain 200 suspects at world airports for airline ticket fraud

One hundred and ninety-three suspects were detained over a five-day period at airports around the globe as part of a crackdown on fraudulently purchased airline tickets, according to a statement released by the Europol policing agency on Wednesday.

The suspects booked flights using stolen, compromised or fake credit card details, allowing them to travel anonymously, the statement said.

Airline fraudsters cost the industry an estimated 1 billion dollars per year, Europol said. The tickets are often purchased to facilitate more serious crimes, such as illegal immigration, human trafficking, drug smuggling and terrorism.

"We cannot allow anyone, in particular serious criminals andterrorists, to travel around the world anonymously and to endangerothers," Europol Director Rob Wainwright said.

Last update: Wed, 19/10/2016 - 15:25
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