Everyone wants to clear security quickly – so we’ve made our process as comfortable as possible. You can prepare yourself for a smooth journey through security by ensuring you’ve packed your items correctly.
When you reach Schiphol’s Security area, an officer will check your hand baggage and clothing to see whether you have any dangerous or banned goods with you. Security takes longer if you have a lot of bags with you, so please put any unneeded items into your check-in bags.
Smart packing starts at home
Security checklist for travellers
Please use this checklist to go through security as quickly as possible:
- Ensure liquids and gels are in 100ml containers and placed in transparent 1 litre zip-lock bag. Take this bag out of your hand luggage and place it in the tray provided.
- Remove your laptop, tablet and other electronics from your hand baggage and place them into a separate tray.
- Empty your top and bottom pockets of all small items, then put everything into the tray provided. Your pockets must be completely empty before the scan.
- Remove your outer jacket, blazer and shoes higher than ankle length and put them in a tray.
- Always follow the security member’s instructions.
Please remember to empty your water bottle before you go to security.
Raise your hands for the security scan
Schiphol uses a security scanner that deploys Millimetre Wave Technology. It is fast and easy – you simply stand at the indicated spot, raise your arms and the scanner rotates around you in 2 seconds. If the scanner picks up any object on your skin, a security officer will perform a manual search.
Clear security even faster with Privium
As a Privium member, you will have priority in the security area and you will pass the border control in the blink of an eye. There’s less waiting, it’s calmer and you’ll get exclusive offers. Privium is a great option for anyone who travels through Schiphol more than four times a year.
Sail through security
Small Bags Only
If you’re only carrying a small bag, you can use the Small Bags Only queue.
Some time left over
Enjoy the airport and everything there is to do after security.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the security scanner harmful to my health?
No, it is not harmful to your health. Even travellers who are pregnant or have a pacemaker can go through the security scan.
Is my privacy guaranteed during the security scan?
The scan is analysed by a computer and not a human. It cannot look through your body or take nude photos of you, which ensures that your privacy is guaranteed.
Can the security scanner see me naked?
No. The scanner uses Millimetre Wave Technology, which cannot see through your clothes, or even identify your face or body. It uses X-ray equipment to scan your body for foreign implements. Customs uses the body scans at Schiphol for the ‘100% checks’, which does not happen with normal security checks.
How does Millimetre Wave Technology work?
The Security Scanner works with technology that uses millimetre waves. These waves are reflected by your skin and pass harmlessly through your clothes. The waves also reflect other materials, like plastic, metal, wood, iron, ceramics etc. That way, the scanner can easily detect suspicious objects.
I prefer not to go through the security scan. What can I do?
If you prefer not to go through the security scan, please talk to one of the security staff members. They will perform a thorough manual search instead.
I heard that you can leave your laptop and liquids in your hand baggage at Schiphol – is that true?
No, that’s not true right now. We are currently in the process of replacing the traditional X-ray machines in our security areas with innovative CT-scans. However, these are not yet available everywhere at Schiphol. In most cases, security will simply require you to take your laptop and bag of liquids out of your hand baggage, so please prepare by having them ready at the top of your bag.
If you are flying to a destination outside the Schengen zone, you may come across the new CT scans. Our security officers will tell you whether or not you still need to take things out of your bag.