Schiphol becomes first major airport to use CT scanners

The new technology allows passengers to leave electronics and liquids in their bags

All departure and transfer filters at Amsterdam/Schiphol are now fitted with CT scans, following the opening of its new security filter in Departures 1.

This development has been marked as a step forward regarding service for travellers and safety at the airport.

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A lot of work has been conducted to replace the X-ray machines situated at the various checkpoints, with the first trial being carried out in 2015. Departures 1 is now fully operational and ready to welcome customers back in the summer, boasting 21 security lanes equipped with CT scans.

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.”

Departures 1 and 2 collectively consist of 35 lanes, forming one of the world’s largest security filters. Circulation can be improved by spreading passengers out between the two zones.