Amsterdam Schiphol to bring in millimetre-wave scanners

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Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is to introduce full-body scanners for US-bound flights, in the wake of the attempted attack on a Delta Air Lines service to Detroit.

The Dutch interior minister, Guusje ter Horst, told a press conference in The Hague that the hub would be bringing in the millimetre-wave scanners shortly.

She says that the new scanners will be "operational within a three-week period".

Millimetre-wave scanning is a technique which generates an image of a passenger's body using radio frequencies which enable easier detection of specific materials.

Schiphol was the origin of the Delta Air Lines Airbus A330 flight on which a passenger allegedly attempted to detonate an explosive substance on 25 December.