Last week I have been travelling between Lubeck and south Europe, through Lubeck Airport.
During the security control a prohibited item was detected on my back pack – a Zippo lighter (I was not aware of this). Immediately a security officer approached me in German language asking me to open my bag.
I said that I do speak several languages but German is not one of them, and I asked him to please talk in English. He immediately replied that only “Deutsche”!!!
I did not find particularly funny to be confronted with something wrong inside my bag and with a security officer that could not communicate what the problem was… in an international airport!!!
Fortunately a couple of minutes after other security member approached me and inform about the prohibited item, which was promptly delivered and the situation was over.
I do not understand how it is still possible to hire non-English speaking employees to an international airport.
Lubeck airport, NO thank you…only like a second or third option.
P.S.: By the way, also in Kiel train station the male employee on the info desk, could not speak English. It is not so serious since it’s a regional train station, but seems like Germany still have a big problem when it comes to speak other languages than German… which is quite demotivating to a tourist or traveller.Edited: 2:03 pm, July 09, 2013