Schiphol Security

Commenter Sam responded to yesterday's post on comparative airport security:

Counterpoint: The Schipol airport had more security than any I've ever been through, including Ben-Gurion. They quizzed, bugged and pestered me a lot more than people at Reagan do.

The quizzing is true. I was standing right by the gate and got a pretty serious third degree -- I didn't have a good, brief explanation of what the conference I'd been attending was about ("it was about progressive America" "what does that mean?" "um...") and kind of thought I'd be locked away. That said, they let me get away in the end, things actually moved very speedily and the security personnel were much friendlier than Americans.