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Schiphol security trials could allow passengers to leave liquids and laptops in luggage

Amsterdam Schiphol is testing two new screening systems that will allow passengers to leave liquids and laptops in their hand luggage when passing through airport security.

According to the airport, new software in the scanning devices will give security staff a 360 degree view of the contents of each bag being screened, allowing them to more closely inspect them for prohibited items.

The pilot project – run in conjunction with the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism and KLM – will take place in two security lanes in Departure Hall 3 and one in Transfer Filter E/F, where transfer passengers are checked.

Passengers will be notified of the trials before their baggage is screeened, notes Amsterdam Schiphol.

All will still have to put their liquids and gels in a resealable, plastic bag with a volume of not more than one litre, with none of the containers in the bag holding more than 100 ml.
However, in the specific lane where the pilot project is being carried out, passengers will receive a separate instruction: the one 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," admits Schiphol.

"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.

"We expect to see this process finished in late 2017."
The airport is certainly a pioneer in the creation of new, more customer freindly security areas, and claims to be "working continuously to improve the security process, with the aim of making the security check more pleasant and more comfortable for passengers and ensuring a safe and efficient security process at the airport".

The collaboration with the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism and KLM over the past few years has, among other things, resulted in the introduction of the very first security scan for passengers, crew and staff and the new security lane in 2015.

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