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Miami International Airport (MIA) will temporarily shutter one of its terminals this weekend as Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners have been calling in sick at twice the airport’s normal rate as the partial federal government shutdown shows no signs of coming to an end.
MIA spokesman Greg Chin confirmed to the Associated Press on Jan. 10 that management for the highly frequented air hub will close Terminal G at 1 p.m. on Saturday, reopen for flights Sunday morning and close again at 1 p.m. that day. Chin further divulged that there’s a concern there won’t be enough workers to handle all 11 checkpoints during normal hours over the weekend.
The article goes on to state the following:
“We felt we had to make a decision before the weekend,” he said at the time. “They’re erring on the side of caution.”
Terminal G is the slowest of the six concourses at the airport, with about 12 planes a day flying out after 1 p.m., as per the AP, which is about three percent of the roughly 450 flights that depart each day. Terminal G’s flights will be diverted to other terminals this weekend.
More than 51,000 TSA employees have been working without pay since Dec. 22 and officially missed their first paycheck yesterday, Bloomberg reports.
Miami airport closes a terminal early after more unpaid TSA officers call out sick during government shutdown https://t.co/h958UIlMLW
— CNBC (@CNBC) January 12, 2019
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