Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

US media: outraged and outrageous on immigration

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

How do migrants affect the labour market?

Read more

THE DEBATE

Children in cages: What drives Trump's family separation policy?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

NATO chief hails strength of transatlantic bond on defence

Read more

FOCUS

Japan rejects 99% of asylum applications

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'Sextape', 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties', 'Looking for Teddy'

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

World Refugee Day: The story of a French mother who took in an Afghan refugee

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Khaled Diab: Debunking myths about Islam

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Australian female comedian's murder sparks soul-searching about women's safety

Read more

Europe

Amsterdam to begin full-body scans for US-bound passengers

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-12-31

Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport will begin using full-body scanners within three weeks on people travelling to the United States, Dutch Interior Minister Guusje ter Horst (pictured) said on Wednesday.

REUTERS - Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport will begin using full-body scanners within three weeks to scan people travelling to the United States after consultations with U.S. authorities, the Dutch interior minister said on Wednesday.

The minister said ordinary procedures were followed properly in the Christmas Day handling of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

"We will make these machines, about 15 in total, available for flights to the United States within three weeks time," Guusje ter Horst told a news conference in The Hague.

Ter Horst said normal metal detectors could not detect explosives, and the use of the full-body scanners would have helped prevent Abdulmuttalab from taking explosives onto the aircraft.

She also warned there was no 100 percent guarantee that the new detectors would have enabled airport security to catch him.

Full-body scanners, unlike the standard archway metal detectors currently used in airports around the world, use radio waves to generate a picture of the body that can see anomalies through clothing.

The investigation is continuing into whether Abdulmutallab had help in Amsterdam, the interior ministry said in a report on the investigation it released on Wednesday.

It found no evidence he had been to Amsterdam before the flight to Detroit, as some had speculated.

Date created : 2009-12-30

  • USA

    'Failed bomb attack' on a U.S.-bound flight

    Read more

  • EUROPE

    US-bound aeroplane security tightened after bomb attempt

    Read more

  • TERRORISM

    Plane bomb suspect went from ‘teacher’s dream’ to traveller’s nightmare

    Read more

COMMENT(S)