If your travel is originating at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) over the next couple of days, arrive early and be prepared to be patient, as the chaos has returned. The airport is experiencing a meltdown with security staffing similar to what happened over the summer.
Summer Redux: Chaos Returns To Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
I think this picture says it all:
This is the security line to enter Amsterdam Airport right now. Yes, you can see the airport…in the far distance.
The trouble began yesterday when several security staffers failed to show up. The airport issued the following statement:
“Staffing levels at security today are lower than what Schiphol had requested of the security companies. As a result, there is a shortage of security personnel and the number of waiting travellers is increasing, especially in Departures 3.”
As a consequence, the airport asked airlines to cancel flights and suspend future ticket sales between 4:00 pm and 11:00 pm, with KLM canceling a number of services (though the carrier did not confirm if this was in response to AMS being overwhelmed).
The airport is also asking passengers to show up early…but not too early. If you turn up more than four hours before your flight, you will be turned away. But if you show up any later, you stand a decent chance of missing your flight.
If you are traveling from Amsterdam this week, consider changing your plans. However, those passengers who are merely transiting through the airport should not feel the impact.
Amsterdam Airport is just a mess right now. Until the airport can come to grips with its staffing needs, I am staying away. If you can avoid AMS this week, do so. If not, arrive early…but not too early. Remember, if you are just connecting here, it won’t be nearly as problematic.