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Due to TSA absences, Miami International Airport will temporarily close one terminal

14 January 2019

Terminal G is one of six terminals in the airport.

Miami International Airport's Concourse G closed at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday - 15 minutes earlier than planned - as the federal government remained shut down for a 22nd day, making it the longest shutdown in USA history.

Chicago's Aviation Department is talking with the TSA and is ready with contingency plans if they are needed, spokeswoman Lauren Huffman said.

Travellers are prevented from entering a closed down terminal at the Miami International Airport.

Last week, TSA spokesman Michael Bilello acknowledged that "callouts began over the holiday period and have increased", and that the agency was "closely monitoring the situation".

But local officials at the county-owned airport and federal managers are bracing for more workforce disruptions if the shutdown continues.

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Some 800,000 workers across the government have been furloughed during the shutdown, which will become the longest in USA history if it continues into Saturday.

Miami International Airport is providing the most visible evidence yet that the shutdown is at least making air travel less convenient.

Miami International Airport spokesman Greg Chin said the decision to close parts of the airport was a "precautionary measure to optimise staffing" during peak times when large numbers of cruise-line passengers leave the city.

For quick and easy parking, valet parking is available at the Dolphin Garage on the departure level outside of North Terminal D or the Flamingo Garage on the departure level outside of South Terminal J. Valet parking allows customers to drop off their vehicle with a parking attendant and walk directly to MIA's check-in area.

"This morning, TSA experienced a national rate of 5.6 percent unscheduled absences compared to a 3.3 percent rate one year ago, Saturday, January 13, 2018".

The number of TSA employees are calling in sick is on the rise.

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TSA said that on Tuesday it screened 1.73 million passengers and 99.9 percent of passengers waited less than 30 minutes.

The TSA has vowed to take steps to ensure that screening of people and bags at airports isn't compromised by the shutdown.

"We were last paid December 31".

While the shutdown's effects on airport operations do not appear to be widespread right now, smaller airports could be most vulnerable, because even a few absent TSA workers could cause long security lines. The reason for the closure is a shortage of security screeners.

"It is stressful, but we're coming together trying to support each other", Smith said. She said to do so amounts to "playing with our pain and hope".

"It's demoralizing, because you go to work, and you expect pay for hard work and you wake up and your bank account is empty", Keys said. "We need them to keep the airport running". "TSA will continue to conduct the critical work necessary to secure the nation's transportation systems".

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Workers had not gotten paid for that day originally because the shutdown had already begun.

Due to TSA absences, Miami International Airport will temporarily close one terminal