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TSA officers call in sick, Miami closes terminal



  NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 09: Passengers wait in a line of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at JFK airport on January 9, 2019 in New York City. It is reported that hundreds of agents and agents of the TSA have called the sick because of their movements from a number of major airports, while the partial closure of the government continues.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 09: Passengers wait in a line of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at JFK airport on January 09, 2019 in New York City. It is reported that hundreds of TSA agents and agents have called patients from their journeys from a number of major airports, while the partial closure of the government continues.

Miami International Airport will close one of its terminals at the start of this weekend as double the usual number of transport safety administration officers, who work unpaid for the partial block of government, they called in sickness.

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The agency acknowledged that the unplanned absences of the 51,000 TSA officers are on the rise, but said that "security standards remain intransigent at our nation's airports". About 5.6 percent of the agents admitted they were sick Saturday, compared to 3.3 percent a year ago, spokesman Michael Bilello said.

The TSA considers a normal waiting time on the safety line 30 minutes or less. At Miami International Airport, the McCarren International Airport (which serves Las Vegas) and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the maximum waiting times were 29 minutes, Bilello said. Others across the country were lower, and the impact for air travelers was minimal so far.

"We usually see 30-40 calls to the TSA a day, but in the last days it doubled," Greg Chin, spokesman for the Miami International Airport, told CNBC in an e-mail. He said that the airport has about 700 TSA workers scheduled to work every day.

Starting on Saturday, scheduled flights to fly from Terminal G after 13:00. in the same period, Sunday and Monday, it will be transferred to the F or H terminals. The change is a "precautionary measure and to best use the reduced staff," Chin said.

United Airlines will use other gates for flights that have been scheduled to depart from Terminal G, and is telling travelers to arrive at the airport in advance and check for changes, a spokesman said.

The TSA administrator David Pekoske said on Friday that the screeners will receive $ 500 and will be paid for December 22, the day the closure began.


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