Schiphol Airport installs CT scanners at security checkpoints


The airport’s new security facility on the mezzanine floor of Departures 1 has been renovated and is now fully operational with 21 security lanes equipped with CT scans, replacing the previously used X-ray scanners.

Passengers travelling through Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will no longer need to take out electronics and liquids out of their carry-on bags when passing through security, thanks to new computed tomography (CT) security scanners installed at the airport.

The airport’s new security facility on the mezzanine floor of Departures 1 has been renovated and is now fully operational with 21 security lanes equipped with CT scans, replacing the previously used X-ray scanners.

Hedzer Komduur, Deputy Director of Safety, Security and Environment at Royal Schiphol Group, commented: “This is a world first. Good news for passengers because they are no longer required to take their liquids and electronics out of their bags when going through security. It’s also good for security staff. The CT scan allows them to check baggage on their screen in 3D and even rotate it 360 degrees.”

The 21 security lanes at Departures 1 can now easily be linked up with the 14 lanes at Departures 2. According to the airport, together these 35 security lanes form one of the world’s largest security filters, equipped with state-of-the-art technology designed to make the process more efficient. If it becomes crowded in Departures 1, travellers can go through Departures 2 and thereby improve circulation.

Travellers are still recommended to pack liquids in their hold baggage, and only bring bottles/containers of up to 100 ml in a resealable and transparent bag in their hand baggage. Bottles/containers exceeding 100 ml are only allowed if approved by the CT scan and member of security staff. Moreover, restrictions on liquids in hand baggage still apply at most other airports, which could cause problems on a returning flight or during a transfer.

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