Flights Delayed at Amsterdam's Schiphol after Bomb Threat

News outlets report a man was arrested Monday after claiming to have a bomb and locking himself into a lavatory at Schiphol (AMS), the Netherlands’ chief international airport. Authorities now say there is no danger to the public.

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However, in the wake of the threat, dozens of flights were delayed both in and out of the Amsterdam airport and hundreds of passengers had to wait outside in near-freezing temperatures as Terminals 1 and 2 were evacuated.

Before the all-clear was given, a bomb squad was called to the scene and armed military personnel could be seen patrolling the area.

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Schiphol is one of Europe’s busiest airports – about 40 million flights take off and land at the international hub each year – and it takes security very seriously.

Many will recall the arrest of 2009’s Christmas Day bomber who attempted to ignite explosives concealed in his underwear as his Northwest plane approached Detroit. That flight took off from Schipol.

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Published: February 13, 2012