Concourse at Miami International Airport Closes Due to Lack of TSA Officers


With Concourse G, home to United and smaller airlines, closing to outbound flights at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, restaurants and shops inside the terminal will shut down, too. The other cases were brought by unions that represent tens of thousands of border patrol and immigration agents, guards at federal prisons, and other workers.

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

In recent days, it has been reported that many screeners have called in sick in growing numbers, resulting in longer than usual waiting times at airport security checks.

"Staffing for air traffic control is at a 30-year low", she said. The number of illness-related absences has doubled since the shutdown started, Miami officials said.

"The moment they stop coming to work, we can't process passengers through here", said State Senator Tim Larson, the executive director of Tweed New Haven Airport Authority.

The TSA workers are among the some 420,000 federal employees deemed essential who are working without pay.

Other major airports surveyed by The Associated Press said they had no immediate plans to close terminals or take other drastic measures.

"Security standards have NOT and will NOT be compromised", tweeted TSA spokesman Michael Bilello.

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 stress is already taking a toll at some airports.

"This is a matter of safety, security, and economic concern", said the Association of Flight Attendants, which held a protest in the capital Washington on Thursday along with other aviation sector unions, to demand the resumption of normal services.

In the meantime, federal employees won't be paid until the end of the shutdown.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport organized an event with credit unions, utilities and nonprofit organizations that can help federal employees obtain short-term loans and assistance, said spokesman Perry Cooper.

"I don't know how I'm going to pay for gas to get to work, pay medications or get food for my son", said one employee.

"It is completely unacceptable that the women and men who risk their lives safeguarding our airports are still required to report for work without knowing when they'll be paid again", AFGE national president J. David Cox Sr. said in a statement.

The shifts show how the impact from the shutdown, the result of an impasse between President Donald Trump and lawmakers over funding for a barrier along the southern USA border, are impacting aviation.