Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport to Centralize Security Screenings for Non-Schengen Flights
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport will streamline security screening for passengers heading to non-Schengen destinations later this year.
The airport began constructing centralized security checkpoints at five locations within the airport in July 2013 and they will open in the middle of 2015. Three of the checkpoints will be in the departure halls and two will be for transfer passengers.
Currently, such passengers are screened at the gate.
Once the new security checkpoints are operational, passengers leaving the Schengen Area, such as on flights to the United Kingdom and the United States, will benefit from faster screening. After passing through the security checkpoint, passengers will have access to the attractions and restaurants that the airport offers.
The Schengen Area consists of 26 European countries that have abolished passport and other type of border controls at their common borders. Twenty-two of the 28 European Union member states are in the Schengen Area as well as are all four European Free Trade Association member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. Ireland and the United Kingdom have opted out of the Schengen Area and Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania have not yet joined but are legally obligated to.
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