Airports and TSA are COOKED thanks to the government shutdown

Travellers wait near a closed down terminal at the Miami International Airport

BRYNN ANDERSON APTravellers wait near a closed down terminal at the Miami International Airport

The Transportation Security Administration checkpoint in Terminal B is closed at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, the United States, on January 14, 2019.

Airport officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Tampa International Airport marked the 24th day of the longest government shutdown in USA history Monday by starting its food bank for federal employees, according to a report by WFTS, an ABC news affiliated station.

The agency said the government shutdown had nothing to do with the error, according to The Washington Post.

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Miami International Airport will reopen Concourse G Monday despite the government shutdown, airport officials said.

According to CNN, the passenger forgot his firearm was in his carry-on luggage, and the incident was not part of a TSA security test. On Monday, TSA had an unscheduled absence rate of 7.6%, more than double the amount from a year ago. "The national unscheduled absence rate of TSA staff on Thursday, January 3, 2019, was 4.8% compared to 6.3% past year, Thursday, January 4, 2018".

Despite those shortages, a department spokesman tweeted Sunday that "security standards remain uncompromised at our nation's airports". Considered essential employees, the agents are among the 420,000 federal workers expected to continue to work without compensation.

Since December 22, some 800,000 USA federal employees have been on mandatory leave or working without pay because President Donald Trump and Congress have been at an impasse over $5.7 billion the president wants to build a wall on Mexico border.

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However, Orlando International Airport announced that there is now seeing no distinct impact on operations as a result of the partial shutdown of the Federal Government.

"Anyone who's furloughed, or working and not getting a paycheck, just bring proof in with you", said Owner Rachel Fine.

"Security standards have NOT and will NOT be compromised", assistant administrator for public affairs Michael Bilello wrote on Twitter.

TSA did not, however, provide statistics specific to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport - the busiest airport in the world - or for the security checkpoint responsible for the security failure.

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But Smith said he could relate to government workers who don't show up so they can find other ways to make ends meet.

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