Fake Bomb Smuggled onto US-Bound Plane
A Dutch undercover journalist successfully smuggled what could have been liquid explosives on a United States-bound flight departing Amsterdam.
Journalist Alberto Stegeman demonstrated how he managed to carry six liters of water through Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport, into London's Heathrow International, and eventually to Dulles International, located outside Washington DC. According to The Detroit News, the stunt was caught on camera for an episode of the Dutch television program, Undercover in Nederland, which aired Sunday night.
The episode comes only months after the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound passenger plane. On that flight, which originated in the same Amsterdam airport targeted by Stegeman, a Nigerian man named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was accused of attempting to detonate a liquid explosive.
A press release for the show cites the stunt was carried out sometime after last year's incident. The release continues on to say that the episode exposes security weaknesses at the Amsterdam airport, which began initiating stricter security screenings immediately after the failed bombing.
As part of the episode aired on Sunday, Stegeman met with Dutch and European politicians. Upon hearing about Stegeman's feat, the political figures demanded immediate security changes.
Stegeman has a history of exposing airport security flaws. According to a report by Reuters, Stegeman smuggled drugs and a fake bomb through screening at the Dutch airport in 2008. During a three-month period, Stegeman was able to take drugs into flight cabins with the help of an associate who secured a job at the airport as a baggage handler.