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| We arrived in Terminal 1 on Lufthansa flight LH 573 from Johannesburg at around 05.30 and, upon disembarkation, started to make our way to Zone B to wait for our connecting flight, LH 5302 to Bristol, scheduled to depart at 09.50. We arrived at the security screening area at around 06.00, which was not busy and, after queuing for only two or three minutes, were directed to gate no 5. There was a lady passenger in front of us who was receiving a very un-necessary and brusque lecture from the staff member on what she should and should not have done to avoid having her liquid toiletries confiscated. My wife and I are in our early 70s and were very tired after the long, overnight flight. We travel extensively and are quite used to what is expected of us during the security screening process, having been through it literally dozens of times at numerous other airports all over the world. We have only been to Frankfurt Airport twice before, the first time in June 2015 and the second time on 5th October on our way to Johannesburg. On neither of the previous occasions were there any difficulties in passing through the screening process. To make the usual procedure as simple as possible, I was carrying only a rucksack containing clothes and a camera with a "bum" bag round my waist containing a Kindle and passports etc. These items, together with my wristwatch and spectacles were placed in the plastic tray provided, as I have found from past experience that these items often cause problems with the metal detectors. However, the staff member was most aggressive towards me and barked his instructions (they were certainly not requests) at us to remove my "all electronics" from the rucksack. I told him there was no laptop, only a camera but he insisted that I remove it, which was the first time I have ever been required to do so. Consequently, I queried it and he became even more aggressive, accused me of being stressed, told me to calm down and remove the camera which, of course, I did. He then demanded that I turn out the contents of my pockets, which I told him only contained only a handkerchief. Once again, I queried his instructions as I have never been subjected to such demands anywhere else in the world. He then shouted at me that I was to be going through the body scanner and that it was essential that everything was removed from my pockets. I then queried whether it was necessary to remove the belt from my trousers (which had a large metal buckle) and my trainers, but was told dismissively that this was not necessary. Needless to say, the camera, rucksack, "bum" bag, wristwatch, spectacles and handkerchief all passed through the scanner satisfactorily. As did I, although I was subjected to a brief "pat down" (and to which I did not object) before being allowed to proceed. My wife was also rudely questioned by a female staff member about the contents of her pockets, which contained four paper tissues. Like me, she had never previously been subjected to such an aggressive, hostile and authoritarian demand.