Sometimes passengers arrive at the checkout long before sunrise – and they still miss the plane. Then the suitcases disappear again and you can never see them again. With great regularity, long lines of passengers wind their way past check-in times or queue for hours before security checks. The mood at the start of the holiday season in Germany: thunder. Situation at airports after two years of pandemic: procedure. Now the federal government wants to intervene.
“Travelers are now suffering from business negligence”
“We will enable companies to benefit from overseas assistants in the short term, for example for luggage handling,” said Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD). Suddeutsche Zeitung On Sunday. “After two years of a pandemic in air traffic across Europe, huge staffing problems have arisen. There is a shortage of workers everywhere. During the coronation period, the state supported airlines and airports with “billions”, but there were still undesirable changes: “Travelers are now suffering from corporate negligence.” The federal government is now offering further support.
Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil and Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) have reached an agreement with Faeser to facilitate the sourcing of airport workers from non-EU countries such as Turkey for a limited time. Assistants are also to be recruited under the accelerated procedure for bringing suitcases to and from abroad. “There are measures that airlines can take very quickly, for example Fast lanes open to all travelers and remove exclusive treatment for fewer passengers, straighten flight schedules and avoid peak loads, ”said Minister Faeser. However, no risk will be taken in the sensitive area of the airport. “There are no compromises when it comes to security.” For example, Faeser does not want unskilled overseas temporary workers to scan passengers, although the specific details still need to be clarified.
The airport situation is chaotic in many EU countries. There are hours of delays, many airlines are canceling flights in series. In addition to poor planning, it is also due to the reduction in the size of the pandemic. There is a lack of trained personnel in ground handling, baggage handling and the cockpit. And because pay and working conditions in Germany have often been poor, many of those freed from the pandemic are now reluctant to return to airports. Besides, hardly any company showed on the screen how many people wanted to get on the plane again in the summer of 2022 – global warming and the economic crisis or not.
The federal government now wants to meet the aviation industry’s proposal to hire some 2,000 temporary workers through employment agencies in countries like Turkey. The most unbureaucratic process is planned. Labor Minister Heil wants to speed things up while preventing pitiful working conditions. “All forms of social dumping and exploitation will be ruled out,” he said photo on sundaywho was the first to submit the project. “Employers have to pay collective wages and provide decent accommodation for a limited period of time.”
Applicants from countries outside the EU need full security screening
On the other hand, the Federal Interior Minister Faeser wants to ensure that the security requirements for airport workers are not lowered. Applicants from non-EU countries would have to apply for a visa at German diplomatic missions abroad and undergo full security checks. This is usually possible within a few days. Criminals, people of extremist origins or proven financial misconduct would be excluded. All other assistants are to receive a temporary residence permit. They should not conduct security checks.
This raises the question of whether the federal government’s draft could speed up security checks at airports. At least according to many airlines, this is where the main problem lies. They are calling for more staff in the federal police and private security services. The Ministry of the Interior sees things differently. “We made sure private security service providers did not make any operational layoffs during the crisis and retained 85 percent of their staff,” said Faeser. In other words: the main responsibility for misfortune rests with companies. The federal police are now looking to increase their strength a little, but cannot solve the problem. For this, 10,000 new jobs are needed, a goal far from reality.