Rationalizing Airport Security

During the last two weeks Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport has been testing a novel approach to airport security screening. The Personal Security Pass pilot project aims to demonstrate that it’s possible to reduce wait times and make passenger security screenings less onerous. The program allows flyers to reserve specific time slots to go through a dedicated security checkpoint. Using the airport’s webpage or a special app, travelers can select an appointment slot from four days prior to a flight up to 75 minutes before take-off.

Participants in the pass program are sent a QR code for scanning by security staff and are then directed to dedicated security gates. The goal is to move 120 passengers an hour through the Personal Security Pass lanes. If the pilot project is successful, Schiphol hopes to begin rolling out the system throughout the airport.

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