News of: Monday, May 23 2005,

Faster security checks for travellers between Amsterdam airport and New York JFK

Starting this autumn a trial will be held allowing faster security checks for travellers between the Netherlands and the US.

The test will be held on 2 airports: Schiphol Amsterdam and New York Kennedy airport.

In order to make use of the faster checks, passengers must first be screened and have iris scans and fingerprints made. This way, the US can verify the traveller is reliable.
The iris scan and fingerprints will be stored in machines on the airports, so that security checks can be carried out faster.

Due to measures against terrorism, security checks now last longer than they used to do. This test should reduce the travel time for citizens of both countries.