Dutch airport arrest could be an attempt to test airline security
Dutch authorities held two Yemeni men Monday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol International airport for having suspicious items in their luggage, “The items were not deemed to be dangerous in and of themselves,” the US Department of Homeland Security said.
Found in their luggage were a stomach medicine with three mobile phones taped together in a bottle, several watches also taped together, knives and box cutters. Neither of the two were carrying items were not barred from aircraft, a US official said.
Al-Soofi and al-Murisi were aboard the Chicago-to-Amsterdam flight seated near each other but not next to each other. Al-Soofi was ticketed however for Chicago-to-Washington flight, checked in his luggage to Washington but went aboard the flight to Amsterdam, a violation of U.S. safety protocols.
Federal air marshals were also aboard the same flight.
US authorities asked the Dutch to make the arrests after the said violation. Although the incident was “low,” the authorities said, they wanted to make sure it was not an attempt to test airline security to a future attack.