Dutch To Use Full Body Scanners On Flights To The US

by Daniel Russ on December 30, 2009

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“Dutch to use full-body scanners The Dutch government has said that it will commence using full-body scanners on flights to the US within three weeks, after a failed Christmas Day airliner bomb attack.

The interior ministry made the announcement on Wednesday after Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, managed to board a flight from Lagos to Detroit in the US, via Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, with a highly explosive material sewn into his underwear.

An investigation by the Dutch government will look into the incident, but a preliminary inquiry said that the plot was of professional standard but its execution was “amateurish”.

“It is not exaggerating to say the world has escaped a disaster,” Guusje Ter Horst, the interior minister, said.

Abdulmutallab passed through a security check that included a hand baggage scan and a metal detector, during the lay over in Amsterdam on Friday, Horst said.

Abdulmutallab carried 80 grams of the highly explosive PETN onto the Northwestern Airlines flight, and allegedly assembled the device in the aircraft’s toilet.

He is then believed to have attempted to detonate the device with a syringe of chemicals.

Part of the aircraft’s cabin wall was set alight and Abdulmutallab suffered burns, before the situation was brought under control by passengers and crew.

Schiphol Airport was said to have carried out the required security checks correctly and US authorities had cleared the passenger list.

Horst said that full-body wave scanners are able to identify chemicals, unlike metal detectors currently used on passengers.

Norman Shanks, ex-head of security at the British Airport Authority, told Al Jazeera: “Since 9/11 there have been significant increases in airport security.

“The European Community then set common standards for all its states and some others joined those measures, such as Switzerland. These are higher than other nations’ standards.”

Source: AJZ.net


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international tv online January 26, 2010 at 10:01 am

Body scanners are a violation to my privacy by being a digital strip search!! Also, just think about the new technology that the machines are using. ‘t-ray’ is a brand new technology, who knows what kind of effects it could do to your vital organs! Only crazy terrorists should be scanned!!!-educate yourself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terahertz_radiation

Gerald Haislett November 28, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Safety is vital but there are obvious interruptions in the effectiveness of individual airlines. Objects mistakenly get placed inside purses and so on and never identified by screeners as well as other big mistakes that may cost us our lives! We now have politicians trying for restrictions on the amount of people that receive pat downs and tests, of which achieves practically nothing! It must be all or none of them! It seems to me that the previous technique had been working, why did individuals change it out!

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