by Roger Saha
The airline KLM restricts the sale of tickets – and makes it deliberately unreasonable for mere mortals! The procedure for flights from Schiphol Airport (AMS) applies tentatively until Sunday. a reason: Crazy wait in front of the security check. Passengers stand in line for up to three and a half hours (!) before they can pass security. So that not many people are traveling anymore, now an all-people airline is pulling the fly rope.
Also in Cologne, passengers must come several hours before departure to catch the plane
Queues in Amsterdam sometimes take to the street. “KLM is slowing ticket sales for flights until Sunday, including because Schiphol cannot fix its security oversight issues,” KLM spokesman Jerry Brand said on Thursday. The NOS broadcaster reports that tickets that are still on sale at all are particularly expensive. A sample of the RTL confirms this: If you want to fly from Amsterdam to Berlin on Friday (May 27), you have to pay at least €717 (one way in economy class). It is clear that KLM wants to discourage those who book last minute – in the truest sense of the word at all costs.
Chaos in security in Amsterdam – It’s been this way over and over at Cologne/Bonn airport for several days. RTL detailed her: “Horror, that’s totally cool!” A passenger from the city’s airport told RTL on Monday. The guy wants to travel from Cologne – but Terminal 1 is already occupied! Passengers are required to stand in line at security screening for up to 2.5 hours (!) before departure. In addition, there is a pre-check-in time. The problem is in Amsterdam as in Cologne: Lack of staff in the security check.
The Federal Police specializes in security checks for private companies – no employees
Ozzay Trim from Verdi Syndicate for RTL: “[Vergangene Woche] On Friday, even Federal Police officers had to help control passengers and were deployed to the Signal Center and Return Dock! Embarrassing the state! The client assigns the flight security assignment to the private security companies, in order to then assist with their employees! We publicly predicted this with verdi job boards in the summer of 2021 – we need more security forces! “
The problem of staff shortages in private security companies is well known in many large German airports. Düsseldorf and Frankfurt have seen chaotic scenes over and over in the past few days and years. (with Reuters)