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Michigan Couple Questioned by FBI in Flight 253 Investigation

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AMSTERDAM  --  The FBI has questioned a Michigan couple who claim that underwear bomber Umar Abdulmutallab may have had an accomplice accompany him to the airport.  

Flight 253 passengers Kurt and Lori Haskell have told the media that they saw an older man trying to help Abdulmutallab get onto the flight without a passport in Amsterdam. 

Officials say that he not only had a passport, as is required of all travelers to the U.S. but he had a valid visa.  

Dutch officials are looking over airport surveillance video for evidence that could corroborate the Haskells' story. 

The TSA has ordered 450 of the full body scanners, one for each airport in the U.S. and hopes to have them installed by the end of next year. 

The airport in Amsterdam where the underwear bomber boarded the plane to Detroit on Christmas Day plans to begin using full body scanners on anyone with a ticket to the U.S. Nicknamed a “digital strip search”, the devices see through clothing to determine if they are hiding anything.

Terrorism Expert M.J. Gohel says it needs to become a world standard, for every flight, even though there are those who object to the invasion of privacy. There are also cultural issues, particularly Muslims may have strong objections on religious grounds to having their women scanned. 

A scanner might have detected the bomb carried by Mutallab, but experts say the operator could have just have easily missed the small amount of powder tucked in the crotch of his underwear.

There have been bills introduced in Congress to limit the use of the devices to secondary searches, because of the privacy issue.  

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