You’d be forgiven for thinking that today’s heightened security procedures at airports have taken all the fun out of flying.
But if you’ve ever wondered what goes on beyond the security lines, many airports offer travellers an inside look at their day-to-day operations through tours of their terminal areas, aprons and sometimes even their runways.
Amsterdam Schiphol is the latest airport to join in with a new one-hour sightseeing tour that gives travellers the chance to access areas of the airport that are normally off-limits to the public.
Its behind the scenes tour – launched on Wednesday – takes in many aspects of the busy hub’s operations for those curious about how it all works, or who just want to pass some time.
The coach tour sets off from Schiphol Plaza and ventures beyond the take-off and landing area, taking in sites such as the old air traffic control tower, aircraft hangars, snow clearance fleet and fire service. During the tour, a commentary explaining how the airport’s operations work plays on video screens.
Tickets cost €15 (£12.50) for adults when booked online and in advance, or €35 (£29) for a family of four (two adults, two children).
Other airports offer special tours for travellers but few are free of charge.
San Diego Airport is an exception and offers free two-hour “Terminal to Tarmac” tours around its airport and airfield.
The tours are offered four times a month and include a look at its public art displays, which are becoming a more common sight at airports.
For more information on Amsterdam Schiphol’s new behind-the-scenes airport tour, click here