German woman sues airport security for missing flight to Mallorca

An airline passenger is suing police after missing her flight to Mallorca in Spain due to having to wait in a lengthy cue at airport security, German media reports.

German woman sues airport security for missing flight to Mallorca
Airport security controls. Photo: DPA

The 32-year-old businesswoman from Bochum, near Dortmund in western Germany, was travelling to Palma de Mallorca from Cologne-Bonn airport on May 19th last year, the Bonn newspaper General Anzeiger reports.

The woman reportedly arrived at the airport to check-in two hours before her flight departure time. After having to wait more than an hour at the security control area, despite raising concerns with staff that she was running out of time, the woman raced to the gate to catch her flight but she was too late – boarding was already completed.

At the Bonn district court, the woman is suing the Federal Republic of Germany – as the employer of the Bundespolizei, the Federal Police – for more than €738 in damages.

After missing her flight she was forced to take a plane from Düsseldorf to her destination the next morning, which had cost €540, according to the General Anzeiger.

The passenger is accusing the Federal Police, which is responsible for airport security controls, of a 'breach of duty': she says not enough control facilities were open when she was due to fly, and too few staff were working.

She believes a lack of organization led to her missing the flight.

However, the defendant disagrees. Police argue that there were enough controls open on that day, and that the number of staff depends on the amount of passengers passing through the airport. The police received this information from the airport operator.

The court must now clarify whether the queue was actually caused by a lack of staff or by other causes which the police are not responsible for.

A settlement offer of more than €150 was rejected by the plaintiff, the newspaper reports.

The case will be reviewed and a decision will be made by judges in Bonn.

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Woman on trial over killing spree at Potsdam care home

The trial began on Tuesday of a woman accused of stabbing four residents to death and severely injuring another at a German care home for disabled people where she worked outside Berlin.

Tributes laid where four people were killed at a care home in Potsdam.
Tributes laid where four people were killed at a care home in Potsdam. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild | Soeren Stache

Named as Ines Andrea R., the 52-year-old suspect is charged with four counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder following the bloodbath at the Thusnelda-von-Saldern-Haus facility in Potsdam, Brandenburg, in April.

The victims, two women and two men aged between 31 and 56, were found dead in their rooms after being stabbed with a knife, with police saying they had been subjected to “intense, extreme violence”.

Ines Andrea R. is also accused of trying to kill two further residents and of seriously injuring another, a woman aged 43.

She was detained immediately after the incident and placed in urgent psychiatric care due to what prosecutors described as “pertinent evidence” of severe mental illness.

Around 100 police officers were involved in recovering evidence at the scene.

READ ALSO: Women in custody over killings at Potsdam disabled home

The Thusnelda-von-Saldern-Haus, run by the Lutheran Church’s social welfare service, specialises in helping those with physical and mental disabilities, including blind, deaf and severely autistic patients.

It offers live-in care as well as schools and workshops.

Around 65 people live at the residence, which employs more than 80 people.

Germany has seen a number of high-profile murder cases from care facilities.

In the most prominent trial, nurse Niels Högel was sentenced in 2019 to life in prison for murdering 85 patients in his care.

READ ALSO: Missed chances: How Germany’s killer nurse got away with 85 murders

Högel, believed to be Germany’s most prolific serial killer, murdered patients with lethal injections between 2000 and 2005, before he was eventually caught in the act.

Last year, a Polish healthcare worker was sentenced to life in prison in Munich for killing at least three people with insulin.