December 31, 2018 5:52 pm
Updated: January 1, 2019 12:19 am

Canadian arrested at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport after New Year’s Eve bomb threat

Military police secure Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on Dec. 31, 2018 following a bomb threat.


A 51-year-old Canadian man has been arrested after a bomb threat at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, Dutch military police said Monday evening.

Airport authorities said departure hall 3 and arrivals hall 3 were evacuated at around 8 p.m. local time after a man claimed to have a bomb.

Military police arrived on the scene and overpowered the suspect, after which the departure and arrivals halls resumed operations. No explosives were found.

Military police in the departure hall 3 at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Dec. 31, 2018.


Police did not offer any more details on the Canadian suspect, who has been detained for questioning.

Global Affairs said Canadian consular officials were aware of the situation and were working with Dutch authorities to gather more information.

A spokesperson for Global Affairs declined to disclose further information about the suspect, citing the Privacy Act.

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The incident comes just over a year after a knife-wielding man was arrested by military police at the same airport.

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