The shutdown is disrupting travel at America's biggest airports - and it's probably going to get worse

WASHINGTON – Three weeks into the partial government shutdown, travelers at some of America’s busiest airports are feeling the squeeze – with longer security lines and even closed terminals – as some Transportation Security Agency (TSA) screeners begin to call in sick rather than show up to work without pay. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport advised fliers to arrive three hours early for their flights on Monday as average wait times topped one hour. At Miami International Airport, a security checkpoint was closed for hours on Saturday and Sunday, reports Tara Law for Time.

Jan 15th, 2019
The shutdown is disrupting travel at America's biggest airports - and it's probably going to get worse
The shutdown is disrupting travel at America's biggest airports - and it's probably going to get worse
WASHINGTON – Three weeks into the partial government shutdown, travelers at some of America’s busiest airports are feeling the squeeze – with longer security lines and even closed terminals – as some Transportation Security Agency (TSA) screeners begin to call in sick rather than show up to work without pay. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport advised fliers to arrive three hours early for their flights on Monday as average wait times topped one hour. At Miami International Airport, a security checkpoint was closed for hours on Saturday and Sunday, reports Tara Law for Time.

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

January 15, 2019 -Unsurprisingly, the ongoing partial government shutdown is resulting in longer waits to get through security as TSA officers are calling out sick at higher rates than normal at airports across the U.S. Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson, the world's busiest airport, is advising travelers to arrive three hours ahead of scheduled departure with other airports also reporting slow security lines.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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