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Beware the Frankfurt Airport

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Can’t say I wasn’t warned. On my earlier post, Transiting through FRA, I was told that security is thorough and slow and connections times tight.

On our outward bound flight, YYZ -FRA-NBO on Lufthansa the transit was easy peasy. We were met as we deplaned by an airport/airline employee who directed us on a well signed route that was different than that being followed by most transiting passengers. We arrived at a ground level waiting area--looked rather like a converted warehouse--with plenty of time and were eventually put on a bus and driven to another terminal where we boarded from the tarmac. No security, not even a passport check, only had to show our boarding passes once or twice.

The return trip was another story. We were travelling NBO-FRA-ZUR-YYZ with about 55 minutes connection time in ZUR. We hadn’t been able to check in online so were seated toward the back of the plane, but we hustled from the moment we got off only to be put in a long line for passport check where we had to wait for an agent as their system apparently doesn’t scan Canadian passports. Still waiting as our boarding time approached, I spoke to an airport employee who said “you should be okay” Accepting his false assurance, we got through that line only to be directed to an even longer one for security where a very thorough search was being conducted in a most leisurely manner. Then a mad dash down a long a concourse, down three flights of stairs (didn’t want to wait for the elevator) through a tunnel to another terminal, up the stairs, race to the far end of a concourse, only to arrive sweating and panting and in need of a washroom as the gate agent was packing up her belongs. The plane was no doubt heading down the runway.

We eventually found an open Lufthansa service centre where we were treated courteously, given food vouchers and booked on a direct flight to YYZ. We had to buy an adapter to charge my phone to notify our shuttle service of our late arrival , hang around the airport for several hours, eat some half decent free food, and arrived home weary about 4 hours later than anticipated.

Not a big tragedy in the overall scheme of things, but an experience, and an airport, I would do my best to avoid in the future.

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