Dutch police called to investigate as Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport was Displaced Amid Bomb Threat.
On February 13th 2012 at about 11:30, an anonymous caller reported a bomb at Schiphol airport. According to the Dutch police, they arrested a man who locked himself in a toilet and claimed to have a bomb at Amsterdam Schiphol airport.
The airport’s two main international terminals were evacuated at about 11:30 (10:30 GMT), as the bomb squad and several police officers arrived at the scene.
The terminals reopened about four hours later, after officers said the man posed no threat to the public.
However, delays continued to affect the airport – one of Europe’s busiest airports.
According to Anna Holigan in The Hague, the Dutch border police were still investigating whether the suspect also has explosives in his luggage or not. She added that live television streams had shown police with guns, dogs and balaclavas outside the building.
Passengers were warned to expect disruption for the rest of Monday.
By 16:00 local time, the airport’s website was showing 16 cancellations to inbound flights and 11 to departures. Dozens of flights were delayed.
According to a Schiphol “Things are not back to normal yet. The evacuation is over and we are busy getting operations back on track but there will be some delays and cancellations for the rest of the day.”
A similar incident occurred on the 25th of December 2009 where a Nigerian student smuggled explosives on to a flight from Schiphol to Detroit in the US after flying from Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos to Amsterdam Schiphol.
The Nigerian student has pleaded guilty for trying to blow up the Northwest jet he boarded and is due to be sentenced on Thursday for life imprisonment.
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