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Airport security no-shows are soaring as shutdown enters 4th week

Airport security no-shows are soaring as shutdown enters 4th week

Monday marks the 24th day of the government shutdown, but that hasn't stopped TSA agents at the Burlington Airport from showing up to work.

Last Friday, Miami International Airport closed security checkpoints at one of its six terminals for three afternoons due to a shortage of TSA screeners.

Travellers are prevented from entering a closed down terminal at the Miami International Airport.

About 3,300 FAA aviation safety workers have been sidelined, and air traffic controllers have sued the federal government for requiring them to work without pay.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport advised fliers to arrive three hours early for their flights on Monday as average wait times topped one hour.

The gun was taken through a TSA checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta on January 2, the 11th day of the partial federal government shutdown, as concerns were growing that security agents, who are working without pay, might not show up.

Delta said the passenger on the January 2 flight reported the firearm and was cooperative, according to The Washington Post.

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David P. Pekoske, the TSA administrator, said TSA agents will likely receive a $500 bonus when they return to work on Tuesday for all the work they did during the holidays, according to Fox News. "The national unscheduled absence rate of TSA staff on Thursday, January 3, 2019, was 4.8% compared to 6.3% previous year, Thursday, January 4, 2018".

TSA says that the traveler passed through the security checkpoint at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport with the gun in his luggage, boarded his Delta Air Lines flight and was able to fly to Tokyo. The rate is more than double the 3.2 per cent rate experienced a year ago.

Trump is considering a possible national emergency declaration that would end the shutdown and allow him to obtain his wall funding by circumventing Congress.

"But TSA employees are not some of the higher paid federally workers out there", Gregory said.

Airport spokesman Greg Chin said TSA was staffing the Concourse G checkpoint today, but airport officials were monitoring the situation and would make more adjustments if necessary. "They just want to get paid and with a family of six, you have to do what you have to".

Across the U.S., airports are making changes to deal with the shortage of screeners. He said he didn't know how many security lines were down. From passengers to airport personnel, and others making their way through terminals across the country, the kind words of support have not gone without notice or positive impact.


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