Extra security checks at Schiphol to prevent child abduction

A Marechaussee border agent checks a passport at Schiphol (photo: Marechaussee). (A Marechaussee border agent checks a passport at Schiphol (photo: Marechaussee))

A parent or grandparent traveling with a minor child through Schiphol Airport this summer, should take extra time for an additional security check into account. The Koninklijke Marechaussee implemented an additional check in the fight against child abduction, ANP reports.

If you are a family member traveling alone with an underage child, you need the permission from both parents to do so. In this additional check, the Koninklijke Marechaussee will check whether this permission is in place for each child not traveling with both parents. This check could take some time. 

"If the permission is not clear, the Koninklijke Marechaussee does additional research, which happens dozens of times a day. This can not be done at the desk. We therefore advise people to leave on time, otherwise there is a chance that the flight will be missed." Coskun Coruz, director of the International Child Abduction Center, said to the news wire. 

Travelers can avoid delays by completing a form the center developed with the Ministry of Security and Justice and the Koninklijke Marechaussee - a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for border security, including airports and harbors.