Bringing Lots of Liquids on a Plane at Schiphol
This would worry me, if the liquid ban weren't already useless.
The reporter found the security flaw in the airport's duty-free shopping system. At Schiphol airport, passengers flying to countries outside the Schengan Agreement Area can buy bottles of alcohol at duty-free shops before going through security. They are then permitted to take these bottles onto flights, provided that they have the bottles sealed at the shop.
Mr Stegeman bought a bottle, emptied it and refilled it with another liquid. After that he returned to the same shop and 'bought' the refilled bottle again. The shop sealed the bottle in a bag, allowing him to take it with him through security and onto a London-bound flight. In London, he transferred planes and carried the bottle onto a flight to Washington DC.
The flaw, of course, is the assumption that bottles bought at a duty-free shop actually come from the duty-free shop.
But note that 1) it's the same airport as underwear bomber, 2) reporter is known for trying to defeat airport security, and 3) body scanners would have made no difference.
Watch the TV program here.
Posted on March 19, 2010 at 12:58 PM • 69 Comments