Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands to Begin Use of Full-Body Scanners on US-Bound Flights

The major international airport of the Netherlands will begin using full-body scanners on passengers flying to the United States to prevent a recurrence of the security breach that allowed a would-be bomber to smuggle explosives onto a flight to Detroit from Amsterdam on Christmas Day, the Dutch authorities said Wednesday.

The new measures were announced as the Dutch interior minister discussed the government’s early investigation into the thwarted bombing.

U.S.-bound passengers at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands will pass through full body scanners next month in response to an attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines plane.

Home affairs minister Guusje ter Horst announced Wednesday the introduction of full body scanning within three weeks to detect hidden explosives, such as the one in the underwear of Nigerian bomb plotter Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.