Thursday, May 23

Airport Security Screeners in Germany Go on Strike, Grounding Flights

In Frankfurt, roughly a third of the 1,120 planned flights were canceled. “If you are trying to depart locally, you won’t make it on the plane,” said Dieter Hulick, a spokesman for the airport, who noted that most connecting flights would be possible, even if there was a slightly longer wait than usual.

In Düsseldorf, only a third of the scheduled flights took off.

And in the cavernous departure hall of Berlin’s newly built BER airport, a few stranded passengers waited while rearranging their plans.

“I do get the point behind it,” said Hagar Tameem, 20, sitting between several large suitcases in the nearly empty departure hall. “Obviously, the workers aren’t being paid enough, and they need to to do something about it,” she added, noting that her trip home from an exchange semester had been planned long before the strike was announced.

Sheila McLuckie, 69, was waiting nearby with a friend for her airline to book her a hotel room until a flight back to Glasgow could depart on Friday. Her only regret, she said, was giving up her hotel room in downtown Berlin to wait for a one near the airport. “We’re sympathetic to the workers, if they need more money.”

But Abhijith Colote, a 32-year-old engineer from Brussels, expressed frustration, in part because the airline he was due to fly with, Lufthansa, had not notified him earlier. “This has turned a one-hour trip into an eight-hour, possibly 12-hour, trip,” said Mr. Colote, who said he planned to make the roughly 500-mile journey by train instead.