Soon it will be easier to go through security at the airport

Amsterdam-Schiphol security Photo by Amsterdam-Schiphol

For now going through airport security can be stressful and long. That might change soon.

Amsterdam-Schiphol started testing two new scanning devices for hand baggage. For the test, passengers can leave their liquids and laptop in their bag. The software in the scanning devices makes it possible for the security staff to turn the contents of the hand baggage 360 degrees on all axes on a screen, allowing them to view it from all angles and closely inspect it for prohibited items.

The pilot project with the new scans will take place in two security lanes: one in Departure Hall 3 and one in Transfer Filter E/F, where transfer passengers are checked. The passengers will receive an explanation and instructions on the spot.

They will still have to put their liquids and gels in a resealable, plastic bag with a volume of not more than 1 litre, with none of the containers in the bag holding more than 100 ml. In the specific lane where the pilot project is being carried out, the passengers will receive a separate instruction: the 1 litre bag with liquids and gels may remain in their bag.

Another purpose of the pilot project is to find out whether the screening process can be made simpler and faster for passengers. If everything goes according to plan and the pilot project is completed successfully, Schiphol will gradually introduce these new and innovative hand baggage scanning devices in all 67 security lanes. The testing of the system is expected to finish in late 2017.