Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport has been the unpredictable crazy uncle of airports since the middle of 2020. From a passenger’s perspective, the worst effect has been long security lines, as long has six hours last fall and often dabbling well into the one-two hour range. Currently security at Schiphol has regularized at 10-20 minutes on average most days, but at peak times you could still be waiting much longer than an hour.
Schiphol introduced a free virtual security queue program in April though, and so far it’s effectively a way to have no-line security experience. To use it:
- Three days before your flight, schedule a 15 minute arrival window at this site for your or for your group
- Save the QR code emailed to you
- Get your airline boarding pass
- Go straight to the “Time Slots” line at security during your time reservation ±15 minutes
- Show your QR code to the attendant
I used it twice in the last week, and both times the “Time Slots” security line was completely empty. There was also a separate baggage scanner and imaging device for people with reserved time slots, and there were no other passengers funneling into the separate scanner and imaging device.
A few caveats:
- All slot times were open three days before my flight
- No slot times were open the day of my flight
- In theory you can change your time, but in practice it seems that you won’t be able to do it same day because the slots will be gone
Your next battles: Southwest, LGA airport, and smoke from wildfires (in that order).