The summer holiday season - the busiest time of the year at Schiphol airport - is starting on Saturday and the airport's passport control is understaffed. There are still not enough Koninklijke Marechaussee officers at Schiphol to monitor travelers, and as the peak season gets going, this could lead to long lines and delays, the Telgraaf reports.
If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without some kind of travel deal - a so-called hard or no-deal Brexit - it could result in chaos at Schiphol airport. Travelers from the United Kingdom will have to undergo extra checks at passport control, which could result in waiting times increasing by up to an hour, according to the airport's internal calculations, Het Parool report.
The Netherlands restarted talks with the United States on opening an American passport checkpoint at Schiphol airport, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Security confirmed to broadcaster NOS.
Schiphol Airport is getting help from various government services as well as citizens this busy summer period, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure announced on Friday. "We are doing everything to prevent repetition", she said to the Telegraaf, referring to massive crowds, delays and long lines at the airport during the May holidays.
Schiphol airport is taking a number of extra measures to battle long waiting times and chaos at the airport during the summer holidays. Measures includes extra security personnel and technicians on permanent standby in case of IT problems, NOS reports.
Schiphol airport and the Koninklijke Marechaussee are preparing to start a test with facial recognition technology at passport control. The first travelers to take part in this experiment will be a limited group of people traveling from the Schengen area, with a stopover in Amsterdam, to a destination outside of the Schengen, according to AD.
The Dutch cabinet is considering creating a new "mini-Schengen zone" with a small group of countries. This external borders in this new zone will be guarded and passport checks will be done in an effort to stop asylum seekers with no passports.
A number of extra measures was agreed upon to increase security on the European railway network at a mini-summit on the issue in Paris over the weekend. Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice, who attended the meeting, stressed that extra measures are necessary, but that 100 percent safety can not be guaranteed.