The use of stolen passports by two passengers to board a Malaysian airliner that vanished over the South China Sea sends a “red flag” that terrorism may have played a part, according to security officials and analysts.
Vietnamese searchers looking for a missing Malaysian Airline Boeing Co. 777-200 said they found a suspected window or door fragment as efforts to learn the plane’s fate extended to scrutiny of security camera images of two passengers using stolen passports.
Malaysia stepped up efforts to locate a jet that may have crashed in the Gulf of Thailand, focusing on oil slicks and two passengers who used stolen passports, with officials examining television footage.
Oil slicks signaled that a missing Malaysian Airline System Bhd. jet may have crashed in the Gulf of Thailand even as the mystery surrounding the plane deepened with the discovery that two passengers used stolen passports.
Security and intelligence measures at the Winter Olympics in Sochi show that Russian authorities have the capacity to keep the sporting event “reasonably safe,” said Mitt Romney, who led the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Recent warnings and restrictions on air travelers heading to Russia are a “real time” response to threats associated with the Winter Olympics, which opened today, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.