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Miami Airport to Close Terminal Early as TSA Screener Absences Rise

Miami Airport to Close Terminal Early as TSA Screener Absences Rise

As the partial government shutdown reaches its 21st day, tying for the longest in American history, federal workers in CT woke up to a blank paycheck Friday morning. He said the timing is right for him to try to join TSA, regardless of the shutdown and the prospect of possible missed paychecks.

The stress is already taking a toll at some airports.

"Some of our brothers and sisters in the center's work operations where people are trying to come into our airspace without cause or without reason, who are trying to violate our airspace and there are first lines of defense as well", he said.

Roughly 420,000 federal employees were deemed essential and are working unpaid.

Carl said ongoing investigations have been put on hold by the shutdown. Ninety percent of the workforce at the Federal Transit Administration is on furlough.

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"We will work to ensure we do everything we can for our customers, and we do not expect any operational impact", the airline said. "We've been told that if there's no resolution by January 11, that paycheck will not come", he said.

But airport administrators said they couldn't predict what the next week will bring if the shutdown continues over President Donald Trump's demand that government spending bills for 2019 include about $5 billion for an expanded wall on the country's southern border.

The government shutdown drags into week three, leaving federal employees, including TSA agents without pay.

Reports that "sick" US border employees have affected security were dismissed by the Transportation Security Administration, which released a statement last weekend saying that while sick calls had increased over the holidays, security effectiveness has not been compromised and screening waiting times were "well within TSA standards".

The lawsuit, which names President Trump, the chief of the Federal Aviation Administration and other administration officials, says failure to pay controllers as scheduled or compensate them for overtime is unconstitutional because it deprives them of lawful property - namely, work they've already performed.

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So far, there is no evidence of increased absenteeism in the nation's airport towers and radar rooms, NATCA's Gilbert said.

Nationwide, TSA screened 1.96 million passengers Thursday and 99.9 percent of passengers waited less than 30 min, the agency added.

Mr Bilello said at Miami Airport on Thursday passengers "waited a maximum of 23 minutes yesterday" to clear security.

"We are humbled by the acts of kindness and support from industry and the public, who clearly recognize and admire our officers' efforts", Bilello tweeted.

The FAA closed its training academy in Oklahoma City for new air traffic controller hires. To meet all safety critical functions, the FAA says it is allocating resources based on risk assessment.

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