Almost 800,000 federal workers across the country are either on furlough or working without pay through the shutdown, as thousands now apply for unemployment, CNBC reported.
Miami International Airport is shutting down one of its terminals for parts of this weekend because of a shortage of available screeners at security checkpoints. Many workers have started calling in sick, while others have quit altogether.
The airport said that on Saturday, Sunday and Monday it will end flights at 1 p.m. from Concourse G and relocate them to either to Concourse F or Concourse H. Miami is the 14th busiest USA airport, handling 20 million passengers annually.
The agency acknowledged that unscheduled absences of the 51,000 TSA officers have been on the rise, but said "security standards remain uncompromised at our nation's airports".
There were no visible protests from employees, and passengers said there was no impact on wait times.
Chin says Terminal G will close at 1 p.m. Saturday, reopen for flights Sunday morning and close again at 1 p.m. that day.
Gerald said he became concerned when he noticed TSA employees at LAX did not ask passengers to remove their shoes to go through security.
The TSA workers' union president, Hydrick Thomas, has said workers are calling out at higher rates because of financial hardship.
TSA routinely opens and closes screening lanes as volume at airports rises and falls, Bilello said.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) noted that the number of controllers was already at a 30-year low, with 18 per cent of controllers eligible to retire.
Airports also are bracing for flight delays. He declined to say how many inspectors are working, but union officials believe it's about 100.
Jeffrey Price, an aviation-security consultant and a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, expects more TSA agents will fail to show up, creating longer lines and creating a potential target for terrorists at airports. As such, the workers don't want to come in if they're not being paid. "I think we all can agree that this is an issue that needs to be fixed quickly". Most dropped the idea after TSA's performance improved.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport organized an event with credit unions, utilities and nonprofit organizations that can help federal employees obtain short-term loans and assistance, said spokesman Perry Cooper.
People who fly out of Chattanooga's Airport know getting through security is typically a breeze.
Five inches of snow in New Jersey and ice-covered roads as far south as North Carolina made for risky driving conditions in other parts of the country.