New scan in use at Schiphol

15th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – Schiphol is the first airport in the world to start using a new passenger scan today. The new security scan will allow passengers to be checked for weapons, drugs or other items without being frisked.

15 May 2007

AMSTERDAM – Schiphol is the first airport in the world to start using a new passenger scan today. The new security scan will allow passengers to be checked for weapons, drugs or other items without being frisked.

The scan has been in use for airline crew since last year.

The scan creates an image of the passenger's body contours using waves that bounce off the person's skin. The customs officials can then see from a glance whether someone is carrying anything concealed. It is no longer necessary to physically frisk passengers.

 "The scan is more customer friendly. It is much more comfortable," says Ad Rutten, operational director at Schiphol.

Moreover the scan takes only a few seconds, which should shorten queues at customs and security checks.

Passengers do not need to worry about their privacy being violated, Rutten says. The security personnel who review the scans sit in screened off area and cannot see the person being scanned. Nor can the passenger's face be seen by those viewing the scans.

For the time being passengers may choose whether to be scanned. Those who would rather not will have to go through the usual security check.

The scan will be in use today at the H and E piers. In the coming months 17 scans will be placed throughout the terminal. The airport will decide at that point whether the scan will be used on a larger scale.

The system is expected to uncover more smugglers.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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