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Security staff go on strike at 3 German airports; police turning away travelers in Hamburg

  • Police secure an entrance at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany, Monday Feb. 9, 2015. Police have closed entrances to the airport in the German city of Hamburg, amid chaos caused by a security strike. Security personnel are staging strikes Monday at airports in Hamburg, Hannover and Stuttgart to press their demands for higher wages. German news agency dpa quoted Hamburg airport spokeswoman Stefanie Harder describing the situation at the airport as “catastrophic.” About a quarter of all flights there have been canceled. (AP Photo/dpa, Bodo Marks)

    Police secure an entrance at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany, Monday Feb. 9, 2015. Police have closed entrances to the airport in the German city of Hamburg, amid chaos caused by a security strike. Security personnel are staging strikes Monday at airports in Hamburg, Hannover and Stuttgart to press their demands for higher wages. German news agency dpa quoted Hamburg airport spokeswoman Stefanie Harder describing the situation at the airport as “catastrophic.” About a quarter of all flights there have been canceled. (AP Photo/dpa, Bodo Marks)  (The Associated Press)

  • Passengers wait  at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany, Monday Feb. 9, 2015. Police have closed entrances to the airport in the German city of Hamburg, amid chaos caused by a security strike. Security personnel are staging strikes Monday at airports in Hamburg, Hannover and Stuttgart to press their demands for higher wages. German news agency dpa quoted Hamburg airport spokeswoman Stefanie Harder describing the situation at the airport as “catastrophic.” About a quarter of all flights there have been canceled. (AP Photo/dpa, Bodo Marks)

    Passengers wait at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany, Monday Feb. 9, 2015. Police have closed entrances to the airport in the German city of Hamburg, amid chaos caused by a security strike. Security personnel are staging strikes Monday at airports in Hamburg, Hannover and Stuttgart to press their demands for higher wages. German news agency dpa quoted Hamburg airport spokeswoman Stefanie Harder describing the situation at the airport as “catastrophic.” About a quarter of all flights there have been canceled. (AP Photo/dpa, Bodo Marks)  (The Associated Press)

  • Passengers queue  at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany, Monday Feb. 9, 2015. Police have closed entrances to the airport in the German city of Hamburg, amid chaos caused by a security strike. Security personnel are staging strikes Monday at airports in Hamburg, Hannover and Stuttgart to press their demands for higher wages. German news agency dpa quoted Hamburg airport spokeswoman Stefanie Harder describing the situation at the airport as “catastrophic.” About a quarter of all flights there have been canceled. (AP Photo/dpa, Bodo Marks)

    Passengers queue at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany, Monday Feb. 9, 2015. Police have closed entrances to the airport in the German city of Hamburg, amid chaos caused by a security strike. Security personnel are staging strikes Monday at airports in Hamburg, Hannover and Stuttgart to press their demands for higher wages. German news agency dpa quoted Hamburg airport spokeswoman Stefanie Harder describing the situation at the airport as “catastrophic.” About a quarter of all flights there have been canceled. (AP Photo/dpa, Bodo Marks)  (The Associated Press)

Police have closed entrances to the airport in the German city of Hamburg amid chaos caused by a security strike.

Security personnel are staging strikes Monday at airports in Hamburg, Hannover and Stuttgart to press their demands for higher wages.

German news agency dpa quoted Hamburg airport spokeswoman Stefanie Harder describing the situation at the airport as "catastrophic."

About a quarter of all flights there have been canceled.

Officials in Hannover and Stuttgart warned of long queues for security at those airports too.