Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

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

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

As such, all flights which would usually concourse G during this time will instead depart from concourses H and F.

Working without pay for weeks!

Airport officials say safety is still their top priorit and they will call in additional agents and inspectors as needed.

Agents are reportedly staging "sickouts" - calling in sick in a silent protest at their situation. This comes as the shutdown was officially recognised as the longest in history.

The union representing TSA employees say those officers can not afford to work unpaid. Terminal G's flights will be diverted to other terminals this weekend.

CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave has reported the shutdown could result in longer waits at airports.

Jenniffer Gonzalez said Friday that the island still has not received $2.5 billion in funds even though more than a year has passed since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm.

Nationwide, TSA screened 1.96 million passengers on Thursday and 99.9 per cent of passengers waited less than 30 minutes, the agency added. "Most importantly, security standards remain uncompromised at our nation's airports", Michael Bilello, a TSA spokesman, tweeted on Saturday morning. "We thank the public for their continued support and acts of kindness".

Airport authorities are expressing fear that the shutdown could soon worsen security screening.

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Rick Scott asking him to suspend the sheriff for what they called his "incompetence and neglect of duty". But he also pointed out no one was removed from office in the wake of other mass shootings in Florida .

TSA has brought on about 500 new officers since the shutdown with 300 more expected to start later this month.

- Numerous 800,000 federal workers affected by the government shutdown are spread out across the county. The reason for the closure is a shortage of security screeners.

"We have not seen an impact on operations or lines here in Pittsburgh due to the shutdown". This country wants to have protection at the border, ' Trump said.

Airports Council International-North America, which represents USA airports, urged Trump and congressional leaders in a letter to quickly reopen the government.

About 80 TSA workers from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport visited a food pantry last week, according to Kathleen Lee, director of services for the White Oak Foundation, which organised the assistance.

"Every day I'm getting calls from my members about their extreme financial hardships and need for a paycheck", Thomas said in a statement Wednesday.

Other airports are looking at ways to support employees, like bringing in utility companies to give workers more flexibility on paying their bills or a credit union that could help provide loans. "Some of them have already quit and any are considering quitting the federal workforce because of this shutdown".

David Pekoske, the administrator of TSA, approved awards of $500 for each uniformed screening officer, and processed compensation to all of the TSA employees who worked December 22, the day following the start of the lapse in funding.

Friday marks the first time agents won't receive pay since the shutdown began 21 days ago.

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