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The Situation:

A second round of walkouts by airport security personnel are scheduled for Tuesday, 22 March, and is expected to affect eight key airports across Germany.

The new strike will affect Frankfurt Airport, the BER Airport in the Berlin-Brandenburg region, as well as the airports in Bremen, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, and Stuttgart. The strike, which is may involve hundreds of employees, and will likely lead to long security delays and cancellations of flights.

Verdi, the airport security employee’s union, is calling for the strikes in advance of the next round of negotiations set for Thursday, 24 March. Additional strikes may be possible if demands are not met.

Possible Effects:

  • Delays/cancellations of flights

  • Extended security wait times

  • Decreased security personnel and measures at affected airports

  • Decrease in available services at affected German airports

  • Possible demonstrations by security personnel at airports

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Confirm flight itinerary prior to departing for the airport

  • Prepare for disruptions caused by unrest, such as increased traffic/security, blocked roads, and potential travel into demonstration sites (ie. airports)

  • Check the local situation (local and social media, embassy, POC at the destination, etc.) prior to travel

  • Allow extra time to travel to/from the destination, airport, and accommodations

  • Avoid all protests and demonstration, which have the possibility of turning violent and may serve as a catalyst for Covid-19 spread

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in a Safe Traveler program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy

  • Plan for alternative transportation, if necessary

  • Adhere to local laws and follow the instructions of law enforcement at all times

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless Disclaimer: LSDS™ gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS™ (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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