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

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

Security personnel and other staff are staging strikes Monday at airports in Hamburg, Hannover and Stuttgart to press their demands for pay increases of up to 2.50 euros ($2.86) an hour.

PHOTO: A passenger looks at the departure board  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)
A passenger looks at the departure board 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)

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.

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