Airport Security Lanes Crimped in Atlanta and D.C. Amid Shutdown

TSA security checkpoint and ticketing counter close in Houston airport due to shutdown-induced staffing shortage

TSA security checkpoint and ticketing counter close in Houston airport due to shutdown-induced staffing shortage

Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport has closed a terminal in response to "staffing issues" caused by the government shutdown, says Patrick Trahan, Houston Airport System's director of communications.

TSA said agency officials have "held those responsible [for the security breach] appropriately accountable".

After the passenger told airline workers what had happened, Delta Airlines informed TSA about the incident. Not only that, but the passenger flew with it, tucked in some carry-on luggage, all the way to Tokyo Narita International Airport. But the TSA strongly denied any connection, saying the percentage of call-outs on Wednesday, Jan. 2 was 5 percent, the same percentage that called out a year prior on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. The TSA will also join airports and airlines in announcing when security lane closures occur so travelers can plan accordingly. "Some of them have already quit and many are considering quitting the federal workforce because of the shutdown".

- Passengers trying to get through domestic checkpoints at Atlanta's Hartfield-Jackson International Airport were facing lengthy waits and long lines on Monday, the first business day after security screeners missed paychecks for the first time due to partial government shutdown.

No-shows among screeners across the United States soared yesterday and again today, when the Transportation Security Administration reported a national absence rate of 7.6 per cent, compared with 3.2 per cent on the comparable day a year ago.

Delta Air Lines, the dominant carrier in Atlanta, and other airlines said they were advising passengers to get to the airport at least two hours before domestic flights and three hours before worldwide trips. Dulles' employee and West Mezzanine checkpoints will close on Monday - and all of those impacted will have to clear security at the airport's East Mezzanine, according to TSA Assistant Administrator Michael Bilello.

Chelsea close to completing Gonzalo Higuain transfer as agent arrives in London
He said: " A goal can change things, but if he is to continue here, he needs to take on responsibility ". Gonzalo Higuain is open to a move to Chelsea FC this month, according to reports in the Spanish media.

"In most cases, the traveler forgets that the item is in their bag", said a TSA spokesperson. Since the shutdown began, a large number of TSA workers have been absent from airports, and Hydrick Thomas, the president of the TSA worker's union, said some workers have quit or considered quitting.

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

While there may be no pay, there were tacos on Monday morning, as federal employees at the airport were treated to free breakfast tacos followed by a barbecue lunch.

Chicago airports continued to see normal operations Monday, with wait times of less than 15 minutes, said aviation department spokeswoman Karen Pride.

"Most importantly, security standards remain uncompromised at our nation's airports", Billelo said.

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