79 people arrested in the Global Airline Action Days

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Yesterday, Interpol reported on 79 arrests in connection with an international operation against air fraudsters suspected of travelling with airline tickets purchased using stolen, unauthorised or falsified credit card data.

The action was conducted as part of the 12th edition of the Global Airline Action Days (GAAD) and coordinated by Interpol in cooperation with Europol, Ameripol, the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA) and other organisations. In addition, 60 countries, 56 airlines and 12 online travel agencies were involved, including experts from the private sector, for example, from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The activities were conducted at more than 200 airports worldwide from 18 to 22 November.

According to Europol, most of the detected fraud cases concerned illegal immigration and travel with fake documents. Additionally, according to the institution, airline ticket fraud losses in the aviation industry amount to as much as 1 billion dollars a year.

- 28 November 2019 - EN