The investigation into how an alleged terrorist was able to fly to the United States with explosives in his underwear has switched to the Netherlands.
Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab flew to Detroit via Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, and was arrested in America after failing to detonate his bomb. He was on a CIA list of potential suspects, but Dutch authorities were not warned. They say normal security procedures were followed, and there was no reason to suspect him.
“The suspect had a valid US visa,” said Dutch Interior Minister Guusje ter Hoorst. “The passenger list didn’t give us any reason to ask for special security measures. He stayed, as regulations demand, in the transit area. He went through a normal metal detector and nothing special was found.”
But the ease with which Abdulmutallab evaded detection has set alarm bells ringing. It has been confirmed that full-body scanners will be installed at Schiphol within the next three weeks to check all passengers flying to America. However, the minister said that, even with the new scanners, there was no 100 per cent guarantee that Abdulmutallab would have been caught.