August 30th, 2010
06:14 PM ET

Dutch arrest two men after flight from U.S.

[Updated at 9:10 p.m.] Luggage with suspicious items that led to the arrests of two passengers of a Chicago-to-Amsterdam flight Monday was checked onto a different flight - one that went from Chicago to Washington's Dulles Airport and was scheduled to go on to Dubai, a law enforcement official confirms.


[Updated at 7:49 p.m.] The two men - passengers on United Flight 908 from Chicago O'Hare to Amsterdam on Sunday night - were arrested Monday at Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport after "suspicious items" were found in checked baggage, U.S. and Dutch authorities said.

Suspicious items found in luggage associated with the pair "were not deemed to be dangerous in and of themselves, and as we share information with our international partners, Dutch authorities were notified of the suspicious items," the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said. "This matter continues to be under investigation."

One of the men had travelled to Chicago from Birmingham, Alabama, and the other had flown to Chicago from Memphis, Tennessee, a law enforcement official told CNN.

An X-Ray of the checked luggage of the man who had flown from Birmingham showed several cell phones strapped to bottles of medicinal liquid, a law enforcement official said.

The men did not have prohibited items on themselves or in carry-on luggage, a law-enforcement official said. Federal air marshals were on the Chicago-to-Amsterdam flight, that official said.

[Original post] Two men were arrested Monday at Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport after a flight from the United States, a spokesman for the Dutch Justice Ministry said.

The men were being held at the airport after arriving in the Dutch capital from Chicago, Illinois, Justice Ministry spokesman Martiun Boalhouwer told CNN. Boalhouwer would release no further details of the arrests, saying an investigation was under way.

ABC News, citing U.S. law enforcement officials, reported that the men have been charged in the Netherlands with "preparation of a terrorist attack," and that they had just flown from Chicago, Illinois, to Amsterdam on a United Airlines flight.

The two appeared to have been traveling with "mock bombs" in their luggage, U.S. officials said, according to ABC News.

One of the men who had suspicious items in his luggage flew from Birmingham, Alabama, to Chicago's O'Hare airport, ABC News reported, citing unnamed officials. At some point, the luggage was checked onto a flight going from Chicago to Washington's Dulles Airport and then to Dubai, but rather than flying to Washington with that luggage, he boarded the Chicago-Amsterdam flight with the second man, ABC News reported, citing unnamed officials.

Screeners determined before the Birmingham-Chicago flight that the luggage didn't have explosives, officials said, according to ABC News. The luggage was removed from the Washington-Dubai flight when officials learned the man wasn't on that plane, and more screening again found no explosives, ABC News reported.

The men were taken into custody in Amsterdam after a request from the Netherlands' National Detective Department, airport press officer Robert Kapel said.

- CNN's Jeanne Meserve and Mike Ahlers contributed to this report.

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  1. LifeisFun

    Hmm... I think the TSA Agents were muslims !!!

    August 30, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lee

    We got the point you,re are trying to make, now can you please tone it down so I don't have to scroll down forever to read others opinions. Pretty please.

    August 30, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • All Muslims-RTerrorists

      Only because you asked nicely.

      August 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Thank you

      August 30, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Metallica

    Let em build the mosque...I think if the mosque gets built, someone out there will make sure it doesn't stay built...probably someone mentally disturbed

    August 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lynn brown

    Does anyone on here actually have a job?

    August 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • KnewIt

      So you must be like the rest of us... WITHOUT A JOB!

      August 30, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mike achille

    If they didn't have oil it could b like who cares what happens in your insane middle east muslum islam idiot land kill each otheR we don't care but keep ur insane islam over there oh hell with them send a few nukes to them and I'm a liberal democrat but I know who the enemy is. Its isLam. Religion sux

    August 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    Yep it's the Swedes and Amish and French and Americans and Brits and Canadians and Poles causing all these problems not one Muslim. They are not even in the area when a bomb goes off or lopping off hands and stoning women. Makes me want to convert! Think I'll make a ham sandwich. Oops no can do it's against Islam law and I may be stoned to death.

    August 30, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hudson hawke

    Dry run to see how the system reacts (poorly if they got to fly at all).

    August 30, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. peaceful

    lets just face it this world is not safe at all. the more year s go by the more hate is getting stronger. i will not ever get on a plane

    August 30, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. brown

    They're going to hit us again!

    August 30, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mike achille

    If I see muslims around I never talk to them I won't have anything to do a muslim islam peRson. I don't need that but if they atack me I'll defend myself and take them out I don't think a jury of my peers would mind hahaha islam sux

    August 30, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kaye

    one of these days ,they will succeed and not fail and get caught....sadly we just are waiting for the bomb to drop...and it will i'm sure...they hate us and we have an open door policy,come on in, we will feed you, educate you and get you healthy so you can chit on us... we're so stupid!...[.politically correct my A–] then when something does happen, we will all be shocked once again....amazing huh??

    August 30, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Edward Reilly

    For Knewit...No "Nothingness" is NOT a word, which is reason I enclosed in quotes, indicating same! From a Journ Major, you must have been an English Major, prior to dropping out?
    For point was SIMPLY that after checking other news sources, this is at best a "back page" story, i.e. not a "Terrorist Threat" at all! (My "World View" was not so transcendental as you depicted!!!)

    August 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • KnewIt

      For a Journalism Major, maybe you should learn how to spell EMBARASSMENT. Also there were commas in places where they did not belong. Maybe SOMEONE needs to go back to basic English skills class. Journalism Major= EPIC FAIL for you bud. Hopefully you know basic Math skills to know what that means.

      August 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    All those voices of reason saying, "Let's not rush to judgment about them being Muslim" sure got quiet all of a sudden.

    August 30, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. stix213

    $100 says these two men fit the typical young male muslim profile that we are all told not to discriminate against

    August 30, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mike achille

    Those turbans look stupid I finally saw the cartoon image of Mahamed with a bomb on his head that was so funny but accurate. If u look miDdle eastern stay away from me don't do that muslim islam. Crap

    August 30, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
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