Old Feb 16, 05, 11:32 am
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Why Security Check at AMS Going from Non-Schengen to Schengen Gates?

Recently I went from a flight arriving from Asia to the Schengen gates at Schiphol (both KLM, so moderator, don't banish this post to the lightly read Schiphol airport area of Flyertalk!) After going through passport control and customs (unstaffed at the time), I had to go through metal detectors and hand baggage x-ray to proceed. I noticed that there was no security going in the other direction (Schengen to non-Schengen gates.) I don't seem to recall security being at this location in the past, but I could be wrong.

Does anyone know why there is security in only one direction? This means that if one arrives from a Schengen country and connects to a non-Schengen coutry (other than US and other flights with a gate check), there is no security check at Schiphol, from non-Schengen to non-Schengen there is no check (except for US, etc.), but only from non-Schengen to Schengen is there a check. I suppose there can be an implicit judmgent here that the Schengen countries have decent security so no reason to re-check people, but this does not explain the lack of a check going non-Schengen to non-Schengen (other than the difficulty in implementing such a check.)
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