41 flights canceled, long lines at Frankfurt airport after security workers go on strike

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Passengers gather in front of the closed security check at Frankfurt Airport, central Germany, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, as thousands of travelers are delayed because of a lightning strike by security personnel. More than three dozen flights have been canceled at Germany's largest airport after security personnel walked out to press their demand for higher wages ahead of a new round of negotiations. (AP Photo/dpa, Arne Dedert)

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — More than three dozen flights have been canceled at Germany's largest airport after security personnel walked out to press demands for higher wages ahead of a new round of negotiations.

The security workers at Frankfurt went on strike at 2 a.m. Friday (0100 GMT) and were to stay off the job until 11 p.m. in a warning strike to press their demands for an hourly wage of 16 euros ($22), the dpa news agency reported. Employers are offering between 10 to 13 euros per hour.

By mid-morning 41 flights had been canceled and the airport reported long check-in lines.

Short-term strikes are a common practice in Germany for unions to put pressure on employers. The two sides are next scheduled to negotiate on March 5.

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