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Security strike at German airports causes cancellations

March 22, 2022 GMT
Travelers stand in front of a display board in an airport terminal in Hamburg, Germany, in the morning of Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Due to a warning strike by the trade union ver.di, the security checkpoint remains closed all day and no departures take place. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)
Travelers stand in front of a display board in an airport terminal in Hamburg, Germany, in the morning of Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Due to a warning strike by the trade union ver.di, the security checkpoint remains closed all day and no departures take place. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)
Travelers stand in front of a display board in an airport terminal in Hamburg, Germany, in the morning of Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Due to a warning strike by the trade union ver.di, the security checkpoint remains closed all day and no departures take place. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)
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Travelers stand in front of a display board in an airport terminal in Hamburg, Germany, in the morning of Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Due to a warning strike by the trade union ver.di, the security checkpoint remains closed all day and no departures take place. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)
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Travelers stand in front of a display board in an airport terminal in Hamburg, Germany, in the morning of Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Due to a warning strike by the trade union ver.di, the security checkpoint remains closed all day and no departures take place. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — A strike on Tuesday by security staff at eight German airports — among them Frankfurt, a major intercontinental hub — led to widespread disruption and flight cancellations.

The ver.di union called the all-day strike at Frankfurt, Germany’s busiest airport, as well as Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart, Duesseldorf and Cologne-Bonn, before a round of pay talks with employers that is set for Thursday. It followed walkouts at several airports last week.

At Frankfurt, 108 out of the day’s 790 planned flights had been canceled by Tuesday morning, German news agency dpa reported. Passengers due to start their journeys at the airport were unable to board, though passengers could transfer flights.

All 88 planned departures from Hamburg were canceled.

Security checks at German airports are under the supervision of federal police but largely conducted by private firms. Security officials in Bavaria are paid in line with a pay deal for public service employees and aren’t striking.