Düsseldorf: € 500 fine for using the wrong door

Düsseldorf Airport (Photo: Pixabay).
Düsseldorf Airport (Photo: Pixabay).

Düsseldorf: € 500 fine for using the wrong door

Düsseldorf Airport (Photo: Pixabay).
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On March 1, 2020, a stranger, a 65-year-old Greek and a 24-year-old student from Hamburg caused a stir at Düsseldorf Airport. They entered the security area through an emergency door and thus illegally. This had consequences: the terminal was evacuated, around 6.500 travelers were checked again and 48 flights had to be canceled. The Düsseldorf District Court has now imposed fines of 500 euros each.

The door was opened neither by the pensioner nor by the young man from Hamburg, but by a person who has not yet been identified. The two of them simply ran after it and, in the opinion of the Düsseldorf District Court, had no intention of breaking the law. Originally, a fine of 2.500 euros was imposed for a negligent violation of the Aviation Security Act. The court reduced these to 500 euros each.

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