Refuting Witnesses Claim Dutch Say Abdulmutallab Had Passport
December 30, 2009
(ChattahBox) — As we reported here a couple days ago, a Michigan man Kurt Haskell, who flew on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit, believes he witnessed alleged terrorist bomber, Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab, trying to board the plane earlier in the day without a passport. But Holland’s counter-terrorism agency said Wednesday, Abdulmutallab did present a passport to authorities in Amsterdam before boarding the Detroit-bound plane. Abdulmutallab was carrying a valid Nigerian passport and had a valid U.S. visa, the Dutch said. They claim after a layover of less than three hours, he passed through a security check at the gate in Amsterdam, including a hand baggage scan and a metal detector, officials said. But his name did not appear on any Dutch list of terror suspects. Dutch authorities have already said they were confident in the security measures that were carried out, they admit the metal detectors and X-ray machines, could not have picked up the explosive material that Abdulmutallab was allegedly carrying. The Netherlands will start using 15 full-body scanners for all U.S.-bound flights, Dutch Interior Minister Guusje ter Horst told a news conference at The Hague. The use of millimeter-wave body scans, which examine the outline of a person’s body, will be on a permanent basis until there’s a reason to end it, Ter Horst said.