Hundreds of flights disrupted as security staff walk out of German airports
DÜSSELDORF, Germany - German security staff are on strike at three airports today, disrupting tens of thousands of passengers’ travel plans. Staff at Düsseldorf, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart have all walked out after members of the Verdi union voted in favour of industrial action. In total, 623 flights have been cancelled as a result, according to German news agency dpa: 350 at Düsseldorf, 142 at Stuttgart and 131 at Cologne-Bonn. Further airports are also affected, with 90 flights cancelled at Berlin Tegel and four at Berlin Schönefeld, Helen Coffey reported for the Independent.
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The Intelligent Aerospace take:
January 10-While much of the focus on air travel hiccups is on the United States as air traffic controllers and TSA security officers work without pay as they are deemed "essential" federal employees as lawmakers and the executive branch battle as part of the partial government shutdown, labor strikes for increased pay by security workers in Germany are causing headaches for travelers in the economic heart of Europe.
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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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