Five people unwell after finding unknown substance in suitcase at Schiphol airport

Yesterday evening, five people became unwell after opening a suitcase at Schiphol airport. The suitcase contained an unknown substance, which is currently being examined by a laboratory. 

The five people in question were security staff, who opened the suitcase after it had been seized. The incident took place in a commercial building at the airport. The staff who opened the suitcase became slightly unwell and were examined by medical personnel. They did not need to be hospitalised. Their complaints have now decreased, reports.

What exactly the substance is remains unclear: it is currently under investigation in a laboratory. The Royal Marechaussee is also investigating the incident. The spokesperson for the security region says that the substance is not a danger to public health.

Do you have any guesses on what the unknown substance might be? Let us know your theories in the comments below.

Feature Image: Steven L/Wikimedia Commons


Ailish Lalor
Ailish was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up by a forest in south-east Ireland, which she has attempted to replace with a living room filled with plants in The Hague. Besides catering to her army of pannenkoekenplantjes, Ailish spends her days convincing her friends that all food is better slightly burnt, plotting ways to hang out with dogs and cats, and of course, writing for DutchReview.



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