TSA Problems Causing a Travel Nightmare at Atlanta's Airport, the World's Busiest

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And for many TSA agents, including those in Burlington, Friday was the first time they didn't see a paycheck due to the shutdown. The rate of 7.6 percent unscheduled absences compared with 3.2 percent on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, he said.

Concourse G, the airport's least busy terminal, closed at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday because the airport didn't have enough Transportation Security Administration agents to staff the security checkpoint.

Starting Monday, Tampa International Airport is hosting a food bank to help its federal workers.

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson, the world's busiest airport, said on Monday that it was struggling with short staffing from TSA as footage of the lengthy security lines there hit social media.

The agency is working with airports and airlines to consolidate operations and get the most out of resources, Gregory added.

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More than twice as many TSA agents called out sick on Monday compared to a year ago, according to the TSA.

It's presently unclear if the gun-carrying individual will be hit with any fines or other punishment, and what forms of disciplinary action will be taken against TSA agents present at the time of the passenger's questionable clearance.

Meanwhile, TSA Assistant Administrator Michael Bilello said on Twitter Sunday that "security standards remain uncompromised at our nation's airports".

The TSA announced it'll partially compensate employees who worked on December 22nd and give those who worked during the holidays a bonus.

"At our airport, we're not seeing at this point operational impacts like they are at other airports", said spokeswoman Janet Scherberger.

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The number of Transportation Security Administration workers calling in sick has more than doubled over the same time previous year, as the longest government shutdown in USA history entered its 24th day on Monday.

Travelers have also shared photos of long lines that lead out the door at Newark Airport and even lines that are more massive than usual at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

"This is really a response to the need of people who we work alongside everyday and aren't being paid, and so it's about doing the right thing for people who are part of the airport family", Scherberger said.

"If I was a government worker, yes, I would probably call in and try to do something else because creditors don't care if you're furloughed or not", Smith said.

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