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Security staff strike brings delays and chaos to Frankfurt airport

Published on Feb 21, 2014 9:17 PM

FRANKFURT (REUTERS) - A strike by security staff at Frankfurt airport caused flight cancellations and delayed thousands of passengers, bringing chaos to Europe's third largest hub on Friday, the busiest day of the week for travellers.

Trade union Verdi had called on around 5,000 people who check passengers, baggage and freight at the airport to strike for the entire day to push for their pay to be brought into line with that of staff at other German airports.

Hoards of people jostling to get to the front of lines at check-in and service desks thronged the airport, which usually handles 150,000 passengers on a typical Friday.

Almost 50 flights were cancelled, with Lufthansa scrapping almost 40, but the biggest problem was getting people through check-in and security, airport operator Fraport said.

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