Miami airport to close terminal early as TSA screener absences rise

Miami airport to close terminal early as TSA screener absences rise

According to a statement from TSA Administrator David Pekoske, the agency which is mostly known for overseeing airport screenings at the nation's airport will be sending $500 to their workers affected by the government stalemate. Why does this matter? Around 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed or are working without pay. As such many staff are having to make hard decisions about how to spend their time.

United Airlines and some smaller global airlines use Concourse G. Nevertheless, safety inspectors are deemed by the government as non-essential during the shutdown.

Chin told the newspaper that G is the slowest terminal at Miami Airport and 12 planes typically fly out of G after 1 p.m.

Pekoske held a call Monday with TSA security directors from airports across the country to discuss the impact of the shutdown, including a growing number of agents refusing to work without pay.

A TSA spokesman said the terminal closing early will not affect flights.

The U.S. government's budget standoff, which continues to affect hundreds of thousands of federal employees facing the longest shutdown in U.S. history, prompted Miami International Airport to close a security checkpoint early Saturday afternoon.

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Canadians travelling to the United States may want to check their flight status or plan for delays because of a shortage of airport screeners, as the USA government shutdown became the longest in history on the weekend.

A table will be set up on the landside ticketing level at 10 a.m. where airport staff will distribute some of the lunches. In fact, just this week, a number of government employees received their paycheque made out to the value of $0.00. "They are calling out because they don't have the funds to make it work".

Meanwhile, the registration and certification process has been limited due to the partial government shutdown.

The closure allowed the airport to send TSA workers to busier checkpoints. This is a choice that many workers have had to face, especially those who have a longer commute.

An airport spokesman, Greg Chin, told the Miami Herald on Thursday, however, that federal screeners were calling in sick at double the normal rate and that managers of the Transportation Security Administration, which runs the checkpoint security, weren't sure whether they'd be able to operate all of the airport's checkpoints at normal hours. In fact, Simple Flying has learnt that some employees have been forced to quit as a result of the shutdown. However, with no end in sight in the partial government shutdown, travelers like Dianne Thomas wonder if security could get worse.

"Everyone is angry, everyone is upset, and everyone is scared because we don't know how we are going to provide for our families moving forward", he said.

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