A strike by security personal in Germany is causing disruption to flights at Cologne Bonn, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart airports throughout the day.

The trade union Verdi has called for staff at both passenger and goods security checkpoints at all three airports to walk out for 24 hours, with the strike beginning in the early hours of this morning.

Cologne Bonn warns that there may be “considerable disruptions” today, reporting last night that it expected 69 departures and 61 arrivals to be cancelled. Delays could be likely even after the strike ends as the airport attempts to get back to normal operations.

Dusseldorf and Stuttgart airports have joined Cologne Bonn in advising any passengers due to arrive or depart today to check the status of their flight with their carrier.

Stuttgart has suggested passengers whose flights are not affected should try to “bring little hand luggage if possible” to save time at security checkpoints.

Passenger security control stations at the airports are the responsibility of the German Federal Police, which uses private security companies for staff. The airport owners are in charge of personnel and goods checkpoints and also often contract this work to private companies.

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