Last updated: 11:00 AM ET, Mon January 04 2016

Man Shouting Bomb Threats Detained in Amsterdam

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | January 04, 2016

Man Shouting Bomb Threats Detained in Amsterdam

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A British man who allegedly shouted bomb threats at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands was arrested by military police personnel Friday.

According to Gordon Darroch of The Guardian, the 29-year-old British man began shouting bomb threats in Departure Hall 3 when passengers informed security officers. Armed police found the man and forced him to the ground at gunpoint.

Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in to clear the man and his luggage, and authorities found no traces of explosives. Following questioning, the suspect was turned over to prosecution officials who will determine the next course of disciplinary action.  

As for the impact the man and his threats had on travelers, the airport reported an approximately 30-minute delay in that section of the airport. The rest of the facility operated as normal, and Departure Hall 3 was fully operational a short time later.

Military police spokesman Eric Vermeulen told The Guardian:

“The man was walking through Departure Hall 3 when passengers heard him shout out several times that he had a bomb. They were concerned enough to inform the police, who subdued him and searched him with explosives search dogs. We have established that this was a false alarm and the man is the only suspect. We now want to find out why he decided to cause a false alarm. The whole incident lasted 20 to 30 minutes. We are pleased that passengers were alert to this incident and alerted the military police.”


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