You can't blame July 4 vacationers or airline layoffs for the four-hour security line in Amsterdam. Plus MRIs and sunscreen.
I finesse all this by requesting a WheelChair. I do not need one, but at age 95 it is never questioned. I just have them deposit me at the gate where I walk on. I carry a walking stick that increases my credibility. I don’t take off my shoes and they always ask if I am over 75!
Don't get me started about Schipol... too late. My wife and I went in and out of Schipol in May. It was quite an experience. We used to say that Charles de Gaulle was the worst big airport in Europe. Upon arrival, the passport control room was overwhelmed and staff were keeping people from going down the escalator to reach it. No explanation was given.. we just stood in a mob for an hour or so until we got close enough to figure out what was going on. Leaving Amsterdam was equally insane as the United check-in area was operated by 2 people with a line stretching out the door. The passport control problem indicated that the airport is simply operating way past its designed capacity... but without the necessary help given to travelers to understand the problem. The problem with United check-in was simply understaffing.