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Government Shutdown Forcing Miami Airport To Close Terminal

Government Shutdown Forcing Miami Airport To Close Terminal

The airport director says, the more than two dozen TSA employees at Ellis Airport have been able to continue working as normal during the shutdown, but he says every day that the government is not fully open increases tension.

Employees with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) walk through Reagan National Airport in Washington. They oversee and certify inspections done by employees of airlines and aircraft-repair shops.

A United spokesperson told the Herald that they did not predict its passengers would experience flight delays due to the temporary terminal closure as the airline 'will work to ensure we do everything we can for our customers'.

CTA spokesman Brian Steele said day-to-day operations at the agency are not affected, but it is not getting federal grant funding to pay for ongoing expenses for construction projects. "We just expect to get compensated for that job". "Aviation is not being overseen". "That's obviously where it becomes more hard", he said.

Lines at the nation's airports have been normal, Bilello said. Airports in San Francisco and Kansas City already do that, with approval from the Transportation Department.

Mike Boyd, a consultant to airports, said TSA leaders will do what they can to streamline the screening process, which he called "pretty much of a veneer" even before the government shutdown.

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TSA said that on Tuesday it screened 1.73 million passengers and 99.9 percent of passengers waited less than 30 minutes.

At New York's LaGuardia Airport, fliers had to wait in almost hour-long security lines on Sunday.

"They are truly stuck in the middle and they have to put up with the flyers that are maybe impatient and not getting paid for that, don't know if I'd put up with it", said Lisa Peck.

TSA screeners, who are considered to be essential, have been working without pay since a partial federal government shutdown began on December 22.

Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, which represents 32 unions that cover transportation workers, said he thinks the nation's transportation system is now safe and would not recommend that people avoid flying.

As Miami International Airport prepares to close a concourse to departing flights amid a shortage of security screeners, Congressional Democrats used the terminal as an example of why the federal shutdown needs to end immediately.