Schiphol completes CT scanner upgrade

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The opening of the new security filter on the mezzanine floor of Departures 1 at Schiphol Airport means that all departure and transfer filters are now fitted with CT scanners.

In recent years, the airport has been working to replace existing x-ray machines at its various checkpoints, with the first test being carried out back in 2015. As a result, Departures 1, following an extensive renovation, now features 21 security lanes equipped with CT scanners.

“This is a world first,” said Hedzer Komduur, deputy director of Safety, Security and Environment at Royal Schiphol Group. “It is 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°.”

According to the airport, the security lanes at Departures 1 can now easily be joined up with the 14 lanes at Departures 2. Together, these 35 security lanes form one of the world’s largest security checkpoints. If it becomes crowded in Departures 1, travelers can go through Departures 2, thereby improving passenger circulation.

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