Effective immediately, all foreigners flying on domestic services within Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, and Sarawak are required to produce a valid passport for identity verification.
Previous protocol allowed foreigners to travel on domestic flights carrying only a photo ID, without producing any travel documents, but it appears that the Malaysian government is now seeking to tighten security throughout the country’s airports.
It seems likely this change is in response to an embarrassing security breach in December when passengers from Malaysia Airlines flight MH741, which was arriving from Yangon, Myanmar, were not property screened through immigration.
The flight, initially bound for KLIA, was diverted to Langkawi International Airport due to bad weather. Upon arrival there, only 32 of the 135 passengers were cleared through Malaysian Immigration. When the weather improved, the flight continued on to KL as a domestic flight, with all of the passengers disembarking as domestic arrivals.
Malaysia Airlines was issued a warning over the incident and Malaysian authorities have publicly implored the passengers of MH741 to submit themselves for proper immigration clearance.
National carrier Malaysia Airlines has issued a notice to its ground handling services staff, informing them of the policy. Passengers are requested to comply with the change to avoid being denied entry at Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad security checkpoints.
For more information, visit malaysiaairports.com.my.
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