Safe as airports

Schiphol is regularly voted best airport in Europe for business travellers. Efficient and accommodating it may be, but safe it isn’t, according to an investigative tv reporter for SBS.

While security personnel closely examine passengers and their baggage, staff at the airport move in and out of the terminal without any checks.
There are people who are supposed to monitor what staff bring with them, but they don’t do anything, says the journalist who smuggled in a fake bomb using somebody else’s staff pass (complete with a photo which looked nothing like the journalist).
A shocking state of affairs. The two ministers responsible for Schiphol security are to be called to account. And they will undoubtedly have an explanation and order an investigation.
New measures to tighten security will then be announced. And sometime later no doubt another journalist will expose a hole in the airport’s security.
The problem with staff passes has been exposed before. And despite new measures already put into place, the situation has not improved.
But how difficult can it be to fix this problem? All you have to do is ensure that three basic checks are carried out: one on the worker, one on his/her belongings and one on the pass. A cinch for an airport that manages the safe transit of millions of passengers a year.

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