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Berlin Runway Invasion Shows Hubs Vulnerable to Climate Protests

  • Activists snipped their way through fence, ambled onto tarmac
  • Even major airports face challenge as activist groups multiply
Airport vehicles at the tarmac at Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport on Nov. 24.

Airport vehicles at the tarmac at Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport on Nov. 24.

Photographer: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Shuttering Berlin airport for more than two hours and upsetting the travel plans of thousands of passengers proved little more challenging than a walk in the park for four climate protesters.

Video footage of the runway invasion Thursday shows two of them calmly pushing a bicycle along a country path before slipping through a hole in the perimeter fence as a third holds back the newly cut wire and the fourth films.