Fog over Tempelhof. “Due to bad weather conditions, all flights to West Germany must be cancelled today. Likewise, landings at Berlin-Tempelhof are not expected before tomorrow morning. The next announcement will be made tomorrow morning.” At any other airport in the world, such an announcement would stir up trouble, but there would be fallback options. One could take the train, one could use the nearest airport. In Berlin, there are no such options. Berlin, a cosmopolitan city of 2.2 million people, has no more than ten rail connections a day, and between Berlin and West Germany lies the territory of the GDR, which not everyone can cross safely.
Fog over Tempelhof, which causes severe problems for a number of passengers …