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"It is only reasonable to expect officer call outs and resignations to increase the longer the shutdown lasts since no employee can be expected to work indefinitely without pay".

Nationally, Micheal Bilello, assistant administrator for public affairs, tweeted over the weekend that 99.8 percent of passengers had to wait less than the TSA standard of 30 minutes at checkpoints.

However, a significant number have been calling out sick.

The airport said that on Saturday, Sunday and Monday it will end flights at 1 p.m. from Concourse G and relocate them to either to Concourse F or Concourse H. Miami is the 14th busiest USA airport, handling 20 million passengers annually.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the agency responsible for airport security screening, said unscheduled absences among its employees rose to 7.7 percent from 5.6 percent on Saturday.

Wait times are already up at many airports as some screeners call out sick, rather than work without pay.

Miami International, the nation's 25th-busiest airport, plans to close off Concourse G at 1 p.m. for the next three days and shift a dozen flights a day to other terminals.

8, that TSA employees have been showing up in Fargo.

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




The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is now suing the Trump administration on behalf of the thousands of controllers that have not been paid during the record-breaking shutdown.

Last week, AFGE launched a lawsuit against the federal government for forcing federal employees to show up to work uncompensated, calling the demands "inhumane". "If the staffing shortage gets worse, we will see reduced capacity in the National Airspace System, meaning more flight delays", Rinaldi said. He declined to say how many inspectors are working, but union officials believe it's about 100.

About 10,000 air traffic controllers under the Federal Aviation Administration continue to work without pay. "Many of our officers do work paycheck-to-paycheck, and many of our officers are single parents".

"I think this issue has been overblown", he said about the longer lines at airports across the United States.

One XNA passenger said he is concerned after his experience going through security at Los Angeles International Airport when flying back to Northwest Arkansas Friday evening.

Miami International Airport was not immediately available for comment.

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

Others around the country were lower, and the impact to air travelers has so far been minimal.


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