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Dutch Defend Airport Scanning Practices

Tuesday, 29 December 2009 10:20 AM

Dutch airport authorities want the EU to make passenger scanners mandatory, arguing that they might have stopped a man who tried to blow up a US airliner.

Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport has 17 of the microwave security scanners, but their use remains voluntary because of continuing privacy concerns.

Schiphol now has software to scan the image, an airport spokeswoman said, "so we think the privacy issue is solved".

A Nigerian man has been charged with trying to blow up a transatlantic jet.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, targeted a Detroit-bound flight from Amsterdam with explosives hidden in his clothes, US authorities say.

He was tackled aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 as it approached Detroit on Friday.

Mirjam Snoerwang of Schiphol Airport told the BBC that check-in staff at Schiphol had followed the established procedure and "the first result shows we didn't make mistakes".

Footage of security scanner in use is courtesy of Schiphol TV

Mr Abdulmutallab was a transit passenger and did not go through a security scanner.

The passenger list was transmitted to the US authorities "in accordance with standard procedures," the Dutch National Coordinator for Counterterrorism (NCTB) said.

The security check took place "according to the rules and no irregularities were observed," the NCTB added.

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