I missed my flight after standing on a security line for over 1/2 hour, then going through passport control lines twice. The first line was about 15 minutes, I came out, and was told that I had to go through another line. By the time I came out, I was being directed to the security line again! By the time I ran to my gate, I missed the flight. I proceeded to Lufthansa, where the lobby was full of people who missed the flight. I had to pay, in total, about $1200 for the missed flight, more than the entire 4-flight trip! I think the airlines are profiting greatly by selling tickets for missed flights. All the people we talked to missed their flights because of the security lines.

If you research, you can see that this is an ongoing problem, for years. I've flown through many of the world's busiest airports, and have never had an issue like this. I can only conclude this is a racket.

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    I'm not sure what kind of answer you're expecting to get. If it were true and there were proof, it would be a big scandal and you'd have heard about it. – Nate Eldredge Sep 25 at 18:11
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    Sounds like you got lost. There is no need to do what you did in FRA in terms of going through security twice. – Doc Sep 25 at 19:05
  • It's not clear how long in total you spent in which queues. Also, did you originate in Frankfurt, or were you transiting? When originating, you definitely don't go through security twice, unless you went through an exit (which are all clearly marked). As well, in that case if you only spent 30 minutes in the queues and missed your flight, you were simply too late at the airport. – dunni Sep 26 at 6:37
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a rant disguised as a question. – fkraiem Sep 26 at 13:33

You won't get any compensation for this, hundreds have complained but it won't get you anywhere.


In its latest decision (III ZR 48/17), the Federal Court of Justice has reiterated that passengers are responsible for their own schedules and must allow sufficient time for airport security checks. Under this court ruling, you have to face the consequences

What can be done?

All you can do is face the facts and next time arrive at the airport earlier considering the business of the airport.


Is Frankfurt airport taking kickbacks from the airlines for missed flights?

Highly unlikely. Believe it or not, airlines hate long and unpredictable security lines too. The FAA sets minimum connection times and when these need to get longer, the airlines lose operational efficiency. The airlines DO NOT control security and neither does the airport; this is typical supervised by a government agency.

Case in point: I recently flew out of Berlin Tegel where they still have one security point per gate. It was moving extremely slow and you could really see the airline employees imploring the security personnel to speed things up, and they even brought in a senior police official to look at the situation. In this case they needed to delay the plane.

So overall inefficient security harms the airline: it causes delay, unhappy customers, lots of extra work, and loss in operational efficiency. That's not easily offset by the few extra tickets they sell.

I missed my flight after standing on a security line for over 1/2 hour, then going through passport control lines twice.

Sorry, but you took a wrong turn or went the wrong way. There is no official connection or check-in in FRA that requires two security lines. To be fair, FRA is huge and somewhat complicated, so it's easy to get lost.

I've flown through many of the world's busiest airports, and have never had an issue like this.

Then you got lucky. While FRA can be bad at times, I have certainly seen worse. Last time I was in Taipei, there were 2000+ people in the security line and lines ran almost through the entire terminal building.

  • Seeing that last line makes me a bit scared of my return flight from Taipei next Monday … – Jan Sep 30 at 15:10
  • It was a VERY long line but it moved reasonably fast and I made my flight. No extra drinks before boarding though – Hilmar Oct 1 at 15:42

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