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.

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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