✅ Verified Review
| This is a review of the security at AMS (Amsterdam Schiphol Airport). We arrived from JRO (Arusha, Tanzania) and upon deplaning we were instructed to go through security. This was a huge set up - there must have been 6-8 stations set up for us so the wait time was minimal. We went through the scanner and then were subjected to a full on pat down, not that this bothered us, but being from the states, we usually only go through the scanner. Through security we were instructed to go to gate D1, which we thought was our gate. Although it did seem odd that on the electronic board it was not definitive. I can't remember the exact wording, but it was something like (go to D1 for more information). So we arrived at gate D1 and then understood, it's not a gate at all, rather it's another security check. The man who waited on us asked us the usual questions, but then wanted some information on our previous flights. This was a return leg from Africa, we had flown to Africa a few weeks earlier. Unfortunately we did not keep our boarding passes from the earlier flights so I showed him our itinerary (screenshot on my phone) and I also show him a lot of pictures from our trip (safari, climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro). In retrospect I suppose I could have just given him the trip confirmation number but I didn't think of that at the time. He walked away and returned a few minutes later saying that everything was in order and we proceeded to our true gate to wait for the next leg of the journey. The point I'm making here is that we were very impressed with the security. They do not mess around at this airport and we were very happy about that. Now, if you are in a tight squeeze, there is very little chance you'd make your connection unless you mentioned it and received preferential treatment (go to the head of the line). We arrived at D1 pretty much with no people in front of us, by the time we left, there was quite a queue. Those people could spend a long time at D1. The fact that we had over 3 hrs of waiting time at this airport helped a lot (no stress) and the staff were very friendly.