Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Part Of Miami Airport Is Closing Due To Government Shutdown 0

Part Of Miami Airport Is Closing Due To Government Shutdown 0

"They have bills to pay, children to feed, and that's why we're looking to pay them so they don't seek other employment", he added. "They are calling out because they don't have the funds to make it work".

Terminal B ticketing and security checkpoint at George Bush Intercontinental Airport is now closed due to a shortage of TSA workers, who are not being paid due to the USA government shutdown.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers are already quitting their jobs, according to Hydrick Thomas, head of the American Federation of Government Employees' TSA Council.

"There has been no degradation in security effectiveness and average wait times are well within TSA standards", he said.

51,000 TSA agents are among the 800,000 federal workers who will not receive a paycheck Friday.

Miami International Airport is taking the rare step of shutting down early one of its terminals for three days amid concerns there are not enough TSA agents to screen passengers.

The AFGE, whose representation includes more than 44,000 TSA officials, filed its own lawsuit december 31.

Rather than having less staff on each terminal, the airport has taken the decision to close one terminal completely and redistribute staff.

TSA employee Jamie Keys is has been serving Atlanta travelers for 14 years, and even though he has been reporting to work as promised, he says he has nothing to show for it.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association noted that the number controllers is now at a 30-year low, with 18 percent of controllers eligible to retire. Now, some are quitting altogether, their union says.

In addition to raising security issues, fewer staffers on duty would increase wait times with longer lines at airports.

"It's demoralizing, because you go to work, and you expect pay for hard work and you wake up and your bank account is empty", Keys said. That could led to longer lines at the airport, especially over the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and could lead to staffing problems at the detention center.

"As a precautionary measure due to uncertainties created by the lapse in federal government funding, some passengers at Miami International Airport may experience changes to their security checkpoint and departure gate this weekend", the airport announced on its website.

The FAA and the U.S. Department of Justice, which defends the federal government in court, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Other airports across the country have not received the same feedback following the shutdown.

People who fly out of Chattanooga's Airport know getting through security is typically a breeze.

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